Girl Crush: Ann McFerran

We caught up with abstract painter, Ann McFerran, on where she finds inspiration, her favorite color, and advice for aspiring artists.  

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Describe your style in 5 words or less.

Colorful, bold, modern, playful, unorthodox

What's your spirit animal?

A butterfly!! Like a butterfly, I'm constantly changing my colors and my expression. Just like the butterfly, my paintings reflect and express joy and color. I evolve with my environment and draw inspiration from these changing moments of life. 

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Where do you draw inspiration from?

Typically my paintings discover themselves. I start off with a color I am drawn to in that moment and then I let my subconscious operate past that point. At certain points I will use logic to edit or create more structure. In this way, my work fluctuates between chaos and control and my inspiration comes from the process itself. 

Favorite color?

All colors have their own merit effect and mood. But colors I tend to gravitate toward and also use heavily in my palette are Primary colors red, blue, and yellow because they create the greatest contrast, which translates into vibrancy and intensity! 

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Any advice for aspiring artists?

Be patient. Work on your craft whether people are looking or not, and do it because you feel like you were born to do it regardless of if people love your work or not. Work on your skills first before focusing on publicizing your work. Surround yourself with people who support you and give you confidence in what you do. And most importantly, work hard - turn your hobby into a routine and it will slowly turn into your profession. It's ok to have a side job at the beginning and use your hobby to organically turn into your profession.  

What's next for you?

I will continue working and meeting amazing people within not only my field but all creative fields. Here in LA, I run into so many inspirational people who are following their own unique path, and it inspires me to keep molding my own. I think when you are ready to work for it, everything unfolds. Next up, traveling with a gallery to the international art show Miami art basel!