We had the good fortune of connecting with Ena Ramille and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ena, is there something you believe many others might not?
One piece of advice that I have been given but that I disagree with, is that you have to have an art degree in order to be considered a serious artist. I know artists who pour their souls into their craft, who practice, and make gorgeous art as a full time job. While going to school never hurt anyone, you can benefit just as much by taking studio classes that interests you without breaking the bank. Everyone’s life experience is different than yours. And that is part of what makes each and every artist very unique.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As an artist I am in a constant evolution. I like to incorporate different processes, materials, and techniques into my work. I have used the Covid quarantine to brush up on art classes, seminars, and in turn these have motivated me to continue even further. The happiness that I get from connecting to someone through my work is fulfilling. It inspires me to continue my never ending evolution everyday.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The good thing about Columbus is that there is plenty to do here! My best friend and I speak constantly about doing a food tour in another country. But I honestly believe that we have plenty of places to do local tourism as well as a food tour. I would start by sightseeing around Columbus: We would do the zip-line across the Chattahoochee River. We would do the water rapids. We would take the city guided tour. We would attend a function/concert at The River Center. We would be sure to enjoy a performance from the Columbus School of Music and Dance. We would go to the Columbus Botanical Gardens. We would enjoy a play at the Springer Opera House. As far as the food tour part of the itinerary I would make sure that each day we dine at one of the following: Bodega1205, Salt Cellar, Mabella’s, the Wicked Hen, 11th & Bay, Epic, and Vertigo. Iron Bank Coffee and Fountain City Coffee are also great spots to check out for our caffeine fix. The possibilities are endless when you are in Columbus!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank the owner of Heritage Art Center Karen Outz and Bodega1205 Cesar and Jossy Bautista for their continued support. It was through them that I have met some wonderful artists and had access to more opportunities. Their advice has been truly a breath of fresh air and that has made me feel appreciated. I also want to mention Monica Jones from TheLocaL magazine as she has always been encouraging, super sweet, and a pleasure to work with. I also love my fellow artists who reach out with questions or who are happy to speak with me about their paintings and processes: Jarrett Holbrook, Jade Tamaski, Chinthika Brandstetter, and Denise Thurman. Sherricka Day and Toni Pettis for always having an inquiring mind. A writer from Arizona, Mary Kelly, who is my muse and who’s candles and endless writing have become part of my process. My bestie Tabitha Tanner for never missing an art event. And lastly, my family for always being there for me and for helping me run a household when I have deadlines.