"When I left LA, it was on fire," Ana Fernandez says as we eat sandwiches at the Blue Star Brewery before she heads back to finish last-minute installation details at Joan Grona Gallery. All but one of the paintings in her First Friday show already bear red "sold" dots.
"Driving on I-10, you could see the mountains in the distance, smoke trailing off them. You could see flames."
She laughs out loud at the metaphoric heavy-handedness.