- - Ginger Peña’s love for art and creativity have fueled
her desires and aspirations her entire life but after a tragic bicycle
accident nearly took her life in 1987, the artist took the leap most people
are too afraid to take: she followed her dreams.
“Life is too short to spend it doing less than what I love,”
Peña said about becoming an artist full-time. “The accident
taught me the value of what I have in my life.”
Disabled for nearly three years, Peña’s inner strength and
love for life helped her find the strength within to overcome her injuries.
No longer disabled, Peña, an avid adventurer, has hiked several
mountain ranges and trails near her home in Angeles Oaks, Calif.
The former elementary school teacher is one of many artists whose work
will be showcased in the “Evening with the Artists” event
at Redlands Community Hospital this spring.
Peña, a watercolor and plein air artist, started her art career
in watercolor and found that the watercolor canvas has opened new doors
to the world of painting for her.
The Hawaii-born artist’s need for an artistic outlet embodies the
spirit in which she thrives. Peña said that art is “…anything
that you put yourself into that expresses yourself. Art is anything that
is creative and expressive; it’s the way of seeing something that
you don’t really see.”
This sixth-sense-vision of Peña’s is what allows her to create
richly textured pieces of landscapes that she understands and enjoys.
A majority of the plein air pieces she’s created have been her visions
of Southern California landscapes: the beaches, the foothills of Redlands
and mountainous backdrops of the California deserts.
“I like to paint things that I resonate with,” Peña
said. “It tends to be inland areas and foothills; subjects that
I understand and love.”
The self-taught, multi-award artist has won first place honors at the
Hemet Valley Plein Air Festival in July, 2011 and first place in the Temecula
Plein Air Festival in June, 2011. She won an Honorable Mention Award at
the Plein Air Show at the Redlands Art Association in April, 2011 and
received an honorable mention at the Tustin Plein Air Festival in October, 2010.
Peña’s other awards include:
· Juror’s Choice Award, Multi-Media Mini Show. Redlands,
· Third Place, City of Tustin Plein Air Competition. Tustin, October, 2009.
· First Place, Plein Air Show, Redlands Art Association. November, 2008.
· First Place, Fine Art Institute, San Bernardino. November, 2008.
Peña joins local artists Paul Strahm, Patricia Ford, Donal Jolley,
alongside the works of Jean Cranmer (presented by Kimberley Shirk Assoc.)
and Jean Cranmer at the annual “Evening of the Artists” event
this spring. Peña’s artwork will be available for purchase
at the Stan and Ellen Weisser Education Pavilion from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30
p.m. on Friday, March 30. Proceeds will benefit the Redlands Community
Hospital Foundation. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served during
the evening’s elegant event. Tickets are $20.
For more information on the Redlands Community Hospital Foundation’s
‘Evening with the Artists’ event or to RSVP, please call (909) 335-5500.
Redlands Community Hospital Foundation is a nonprofit organization which
supports Redlands Community Hospital.