I'm a native Floridian who has spent the major part of my life in Orlando, and currently enjoy being a local artist, designer and arts advocate. I was educated first by my mother, Vicki Jones, who is also a local artist, and then formally at the University of Central Florida.
I enjoy many subjects, my favorites being people and zoomorphism, something I like to refer to as anti-portraits. Although my mediums vary, I'm known mostly for my colored pencil and gesso works. The technique I use is to apply several coats of gesso to a surface, giving the final coat some interesting brush strokes that provide a unique texture foundation on which to begin my pencil work. I then apply the pencil in many layers, from darkest to lightest color, all using cross hatching, with the exception of the hair. Lastly, a protectant is applied to allow the artwork to maintain its color strength.
I spend a great deal of my time volunteering to improve the local arts culture, and can be spied at cultural events all around the Central Florida area. I serve as Lead Field Ambassador at Urban ReThink, created and hosts collide•scope, an interactive, educational, and inspiring bi-montly event in that space downtown. I also serve on curating committee of The Associates, which produces the Orlando Museum of Art's 1st Thursdays events. I served for nine years as the Visual Fringe Producer (2002-2011) with The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, and I also co-curate the artwork at Dandelion Communitea Cafe's monthly art exhibitions. I am an active member of the Orlando Museum of Art, the Cornell Museum, the Maitland Art & History Museum, the Florida Museum for Women Artists, American Institute of Graphic Arts, and Artists Space, NYC, and the Florida Chalk Artists Association.
"Something as intangible as a thought, a laugh or an emotion, made tangible: this, to me, is the alchemy of art. Perhaps dealing with the fear of loss led me to want to ‘keep’ a moment in time. Any given moment may contain beauty, but this beauty is fleeting; everything constantly moves and changes. And so, as an image in memory may evanesce, an image created from it can be enjoyed long after."
~ Anna McCambridge-Thomas