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Meet Ann Phong

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

Ann, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Images and colors have always attracted me. When I was young, I often wandered through my neighborhood and farmer market to observe people’s everyday activities. To this day I still enjoy watching people do the little everyday things. When I sit down to paint, these images are filtered through my feelings, and I expressed in my art.

The images I keep in my head change over time, from a personal level like what I see around me, to a broader visual impact such as what I see on earth. Thus the subject, form, and content of my art also changes. Environmental issues such as pollution, oil spills and the abundance of trash everywhere inspire my art. I incorporate the recycle objects into my work, elevating it to mean more than itself alone.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The artistic road I choose to walk on is not smooth at all. As an immigrant, I need to relearn English, need to go to school to obtain knowledge and a degree, need to go to work to support myself, my children, and my parents back home in Vietnam. All the above tasks require time and effort.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I don’t make enough money for a living from my fine artworks. I teach drawing and painting at Cal Poly Pomona University.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I believe in chance. Success in the art requires many elements from the artists: the intelligence, the knowledge, the performance, the look, the age, the gender, the personality, the talk, and the right time to act…..

When the art world in America in controlled by most of the rich, the white, and the male, It’s hard for a female, non-white artist to put a step in.

I don’t give up. I work hard. I believe the harder I work the more chances I will meet the goal in my artistic career.


  • My artworks range from $300 for the small 8″x 8″ paintings to $6000 to the big paintings.

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