The balance between nature’s perfect wonders and the effects of its ravaging forces continue to spark Ventana’s environmental sculptures. She aims to promote awareness, or plant seeds for reflection and change, by expressing life’s dilemmas and emotions through her art. It is contemporary, dimensional, and typically cut, formed, and welded in metal.
Being born and raised in horse country in Michigan, Ventana grew up living close to nature. Trees, gardens and animals were part of everyday life and her art reflects that close connection. She graduated Michigan State University in Psychology and continued with graduate studies in Business and Psychology after moving to California where she worked as a conflict resolution and communications consultant in large organizations. Her love of art led her back to school, years later, to study and practice design, sculpture, and metal arts. She is active in the California art groups Fiber Dimensions, EDGE, PLEXUS, Currents, Marin Arts Council, and Marin Society of Artists, and shows her work in exhibitions throughout the year. In 2009 she installed permanent public art in the form of a large tree "weeping" for the environment, at the Marin Art & Garden Center in Ross, California, and participated in making the public Obelisk commemorating the history of San Anselmo in Marin County, California.
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