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Check Out Anna Escalona’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Escalona. 

Hi Anna, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I began pyrography around 2015 as a way to pass the time and destress from a stressful job. Over the years I started experimenting with different mediums as well as different images. It was a slow learning process, but during the pandemic in 2020, I really focused on creating my own style of art. I went from simple line images to in-depth realism. My horror collection is what made me fall in love with the new, learned style. I took classic horror film poster images and reimagined them on wood. Since then, I have focused on selling my work at local markets, while creating my brand Anna Belle Creations, and taking custom orders along the way. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Not a smooth road at all. Pyrography is art, and in art, you are constantly learning and trying new things. Promotion is also not a strong suit of mine. Although I’m on several social media platforms, I can’t seem to consistently put my brand out there for people to see, so my orders are very sporadic. What keeps me going is the love for the art, and the reactions I get when the customer receives a portrait of their beloved pet. Or their reactions when they receive a cutting board with their late loved one’s handwritten recipe burned in. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Before the Covid-19 pandemic caused me to lose my job, I have spent the last 15 years in the entertainment business, working as a studio assistant, running sound for local theater, and finally installing and designing sound for a couple of dozen local theater shows. As audio has been my main occupation for several years, I am now working in the commercial lighting field trying to learn everything that I can in a career that is completely unknown to me. 

I would say that I am most proud of my occupational diversity. I am an artist, first and foremost, but not everybody knows how to record a band, or operate a soundboard. I’ve always, even as a kid, thought that was pretty cool stuff. I’m proud that I can say that I did that! I am proud of the progress that I have made in pyrography. I take an image and I bring it to life by burning it. How cool is that?! 

I can’t honestly say what sets me apart from others. I like to be creative. I can usually turn nothing into something, and make it beautiful. I don’t like new, and would rather have vintage, or handmade. Things have more history that way, and character. 

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
What makes me happy is the time I get to spend with my family. My husband, daughter, and two doggos. They all have so much life, and love to give. 

What also makes me happy is knowing that I have touched the hearts of the people who trusted me with their pet portrait, or their handwritten cutting boards. Seeing their reaction, and getting that follow-up email/text makes my soul happy. 


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1 Comment

  1. Kathee Staton

    November 16, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Absolutely beautiful work! Loved the interview!

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