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Meet Ann Golumbuk

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ann Golumbuk.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m one of 11 children, 6 girls and 5 boys, from Enid, Oklahoma. My childhood was a crazy mix of energy, passion, fun, joy, struggle, discipline and a lot of creatively. My mother was artistic and used her creativity to entertain us on a daily basis. As I got older I dabbled in art from time to time but never really had the desire to be an artist. The closest I got to the arts was when I attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in Interior Design. After college I moved to San Diego and worked with a few Interior Design firms, and many other jobs along the way, but that was not it, not my passion, I soon realized that my true passion was in health and fitness, it became my calling. I loved teaching people about their bodies and helping them truly find what was lacking in their lives, what caused them to over indulge, and live an unhealthily life. It gave me so much joy to see people really enjoy life without the struggles, heaviness and burdens that they carried around from an earlier life.

By this time in my life, I was married, helped create our family business, and soon became a stay-at home mom. While at home with the kids I created a small gym to continue to work with my clients. It was a perfect set up, time with my kids, time with my clients, time for me! As the kids got older I became a volunteer art teacher, working with line, color, composition, texture, famous artist and I remember thinking after 15 years of teaching, I’m getting pretty good! At that time, I also ran the annual art show and I directed the talent show, creating props, costume, and backdrops for 10 years.

That all soon ended. In 2009 I was hit with what I call the “big stick”, when life hits you so hard that you are never the same. On February 21, 2009, I was struck by a drunk driver, with injuries so severe that I needed to lay on the floor for hours on end to help straighten out my spine. It was the darkest time in my life, my children where small and needed me, my husband was working none stop to keep the household going, my kids would lay on the floor with me, one of my daughters even told me that I was just faking it, because I didn’t want everyone to know that I was Super Mom, that if I just got up everyone would know that Super Mom lived with her. I was crushed! After about a year on the floor, I was going MAD! I had no art on my walls, I dreamed of color, of paintings on all my walls! I dreamed of painting, I thought to myself, when I get better, I’m going to paint art for ever room in my house. I thought, maybe I could throw paint on the canvas since I was not strong enough to use my arms to brush the paint onto the canvas, maybe I could fill water balloons with paint and pop them and just watch the paint drip down the canvas.
Time passed and in the summer of 2010 I was back on my feet, still recovering but I was up, and I bought that canvas, a week later a friend called me and asked if I wanted to take this art class, YES, and I was in, paint was flying, I was happy, I could feel my energy coming back, I could feel life again. I had found my new passion. I have to be honest, I lost a big part of myself that night, I lost my blazing passion for fitness, but I gained the beauty of life, really seeing things, really hearing people, really enjoy the creative process and most of all I found that you can knock me down but you can’t keep me down…. remember, I’m now an artist, but will always be SUPER MOM!!

P.S. To this day I have painted a painting for every room in my house, feel free to contact me for a tour!

Please tell us about your art.
My art is big, bold, colorful and each piece tells a story. My art tells stories, it tells about what I see and how I feel about what’s going on in the world every day. Sometimes my art is funny, sometimes it’s rich in emotion, and sometimes it tells about things that aren’t always easy to talk about. Some of my art tells the stories of rock stars we have lost over the years, sometime it tells of women in prison and human trafficking, and sometime it tells about love, loss, fear and pain. My art moves with the times! I feel artists are the voice of our country and the world, we tell the stories! There is no fake news in art, we’re writing history, the good, the bad and the ugly!
I come from a family of story tellers and I feel the stories about our lives are some of the best!

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
This is one of the biggest problems facing artists today, I’ve seen many artists give up on their careers due to financial difficulties. Supplies are not cheap and it takes a lot of effort to hold steady to your path under those conditions. My advice to my students is, don’t buy the best supplies out there, look for great deals, get to know your suppliers and ask for discounts, don’t use the most expensive paints at the bottom of the paintings, you won’t see them anyway. One other piece of advice is, find an art community, other artists are so willing to help, and if they have extra supplies, they’re willing to share.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My artwork can be seen:
*By appointment, in my gallery, Del Cerro, Ca.
*On my website at www.anngolumbuk.com
*Ashton Gallery at Art on 30th, San Diego, Ca,
*Left Bank Art, La Mirada, Ca
*Hold It Contemporary Home, San Diego, Ca
*Indigo Salon and Spa, San Diego, CA

Being supported by my community is very important to me, one way to support my art would be to spend the word, talk about my art to your friends and family, 

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