Short Bio

My Work explores the many facets and connections I have within my Mexican heritage. Using myth and cosmology to express the divine feminine to bring forth our story. Bringing ancient knowledge to the forefront of our modern souls. Keeping the connections strong for all of us.


Wether I am working on Amate paper or beading I find the ancient wisdom from my ancestors. I work on bringing the stories and histories of the ancients to the forefront of our modern time. From my perspective as a female and where we stand in those myths and histories. Knowing we are all connected helps to reconnect us. Through my work I am bringing forth that with which we do not remember into the our conscious minds and hearts.

I am most inspired by the stories I never heard growing up. Learning the vast intricacies of my culture that was denied or white washed.Knowing that I, we are all part of each breath that exhales beauty.


Born in Saugus, California,1971. 

Annie’s lived in various parts of Central America, Hawaii and California. Most recently Annie has been spending time with her mentor, Kristine McCallister in Napa, CA. The two continue to work on projects together as they have for the last 40 years. Annie is about to embark upon her new journey in Apadoca, New Mexico. 

She will be moving to the studio compound and home of Eli Levin. Annie studied under Eli Levin at his Realist Studio in Santa Fe in the 1992. He was her first teacher. She acquired skills in print making and egg tempera painting before attending the Oregon College of Art and Craft. Her main focus was printmaking and book binding along with drawing and fiber arts.

At this time Annie also began exploring her Latina culture. Inspired at first by the feminine in Catholic iconography she discovered the indigenous value hidden within the images. Annie continues to research and depict her connection to Mexican culture in her work. Her art is inspired by nature and her Mexican heritage.

Annie has many disciplines that range from book binding, printmaking, ceramics, sewing, beading, egg tempera, gouache and drawing. She’s had a successful art business that provided color consultation, faux finishing and murals to both public and private clients.

Annie has shown her work in group exhibitions and solo shows in Hawaii, California, Oregon, New Mexico and Guatemala. Her work is in private collections internationally.

She recently finished working on her project for Grand Canyon Conservancy Artist in Residence,

‘Let us Meet on the land at the Waters Edge’. She created a Codex that was presented at the Kolb Studio at Grand Canyon South rim for an exhibition for water conservation and the spirit of water this winter.

‘My work explores the many facets and connections I have within my Mexican heritage. I use myth and cosmology to express the divine feminine, the story of creation, and our place in it’.

Resume / CV


1993-1994 Oregon College of Art and Craft, BFA and Certificate Program (incomplete)

1998-2000 Main Focus Bookbinding, Print making

Drawing, Fiber Arts, Ceramic, And Painting

1992 Pacific North West College of Art Printmaking Department

1990 West Los Angeles College Ceramics

1991 Kansas City Art Institute Ceramics

1992 Apprenticed under Eli Levin at his Realist Studio/Gallery Santa Fe New Mexico


2024 Let us Meet On The Land At The Waters Edge Spirit of Water/ Kolb Studio, Grand Canyon South Rim, Arizona

2023 Let us Meet On The Land At The Waters Edge Spirit Of Water/ Grand Canyon National Park  Headquarters South Rim. Pop up exhibition with student work, Arizona

2013 Oda De Belleza/ with Kristine McCallister, Galería Panza Verde, Antigua Guatemala

2007 Muses And Myth/Galería Panza Verde, Antigua Guatemala

1997 Espíritu/ with Kristine McCallister, Café Taza Gallery, Taos, New México

1997 La Mujer y La MAdera/ with Kristine McCallister, Ledoux Gallerie, Taos, New Mexico

1990 Works in Clay/  with Kristine McCallister, Topanga Art Gallery, Topanga, California


2015 Honolulu Academy of arts annual juried show, Honolulu, Hawaii

2014 Honolulu Academy of arts annual juried show, Honolulu, Hawaii

2012 Annual Erotic Art Exhibition, La Gallaria, Panajachel, Guatemala

2000 Annual Student Show, Hoffman Gallery, (OCAC) Portland,Oregon

1998 Annual Student Show, Hoffman Gallery, (OCAC) Portland, Oregon

1993 Annual Student Show, Hoffman Gallery, (OCAC) Portland, Oregon


Grand Canyon Conservancy Artist In Residence South Rim Verkamp

Let Us Meet On The Land At The Waters Edge Spirit of Water




Second runner up 2023


New American Paintings Catalog West coast edition #163 2023


Manhattan Beach Artist Explores Themes at Grand Canyon Residency

July 31,2023 By Jeanne Fratello


Grand Canyon recognizes artist in residence Annie McCone-Lopez recently joined Grand Canyon Conservancy as Artist in Residence for its first split residency. Dec 26, 2023 


Minute out in it. 2:30 Minute Video Produced by NPS Rader Lane. 

Artist Talk

2024 Alluvial Project Rinconada, NM. Vimeo


2000-2003 ARTillery Faux Finishes, murals, and color consulting Taos, New Mexico

Co-Creator And assistant art director


2023 Grand Canyon School (Summer Program)

Water conservation through art 

2008-2011 Centro Artístico A’jachel Panajachel, Guatemala

Co-Creator art director

2010-2011 Life School  Panajachel, Guatemala

Art Teacher Pre-12

What questions will guide your research at the Canyon?

Grand Canyon Artist Residency 2023

What questions will guide my research at the canyon?

a. How have the Grand Canyon Tribes lived with Water? 11 Tribes of the Grand Canyon area have lived in ceremony and sacredness with water. Many tribes believe that the canyon is the birthplace of the people and water. The tribes know that WATER IS THE GIFT OF LIFE. How do we learn from these tribes? In what ways can we learn to respect this gift of life from them?

b. What have the ‘guardians of the grand canyon’ known that is necessary for us to
return to right relationship to water? To become guardians ourselves with all water in our daily lives.

Can our awareness of water also help us save the millions of people who are also dependent upon water from the Colorado.

c. Reconnecting with water, learning to have the respect water deserves. Having respect for ourselves knowing that we are mostly water.

d. The trail of water is like the trails that mark the landscape of our great mother. The turquoise trail, trading of the precious stone that represents water is a reminder to us that many have walked before us and we have much to learn from them. Learning this respect from the past may save our future.


a. During these times of such global change political and environmental, one of the key factors is water. Living in Los Angeles water is a big deal. Most of the western United States gets its water from the Colorado river. Connecting the life of water to us all will benefit our consciousness and help the story of water to reach a greater audience.

b. WHAT ARE THE WAYS IN WHICH THE LAND MEETS THE WATER? How do people of the land feed and honor the water they are dependent upon? How do we keep the water pure and clean? How is it stored and shared among the people of the land?

In all, the questions I feel the need to be addressed is water, I feel that the (AIR) program will help bring some ceremony and prayer through art to the people that visit the grand canyon. I feel my work brings forth all the elements to help tell the story of water. Water, the Gift of Life.

MY MISSION THROUGH ART FOR THE (AIR) PROGRAM Let Us Meet on the Land, at the Waters Edge.

My work has focused on the feminine in the cosmology, myth and stories of the Americas. The interchangeable myths and rituals share a knowledge of the natural world that has been disrespected. A wisdom whose resurrection and practice could redeem us and return us to balance.

I will create a body of work embracing the connections that we have with water in the grand canyon. My intention is to work with some of the local tribes on water awareness and conservancy to bring the spirit, life and voice of water to the forefront of our consciousness, and share this work with the many park visitors. By doing so I hope to reconnect us all to the sacred element of water, within us as individual water bearers, and to the outer world where we all share water, the gift of life.

Please briefly describe 2-3 events you’ll facilitate with the community. Who are the participants? What will you need to deliver each event successfully? (Consider location, duration, staffing needs, and supplies.)


Show a slide presentation of artists work on the journey of being human through the creation stories Involving our relationship to Earth, Sky, Water and Spirit.


My guest will be Minisa Crumbo, a Citizen Potowatami Muscogee Creek Tribal Elder. Minisa will teach the ways of honoring and respecting water. We will be giving back to water through song and ancient ritual so that we may hear the voice of water once again. Feeding water through ceremony.

The events I would like to host are (TBD). As far as what space is available and occupancy guidelines. All are welcome to participate.

To whom it may concern

My name is Annie McCone-Lopez I was selected as an Artist in Residence at the GrandCanyon Conservancy for June-July 2023 and Novemember- December 2023.
The name of my residency is LET US MEET ON THE LAND AT THE WATERS EDGE.
The subject I chose to address is WATER. Living in Los Angeles I know that most of the water we receive is from the Colorado River. My goal for this residency is to connect with Native peoples of the grand canyon area to discuss and learn about the histories and value of water through the lens of the people that should have access to the water in their tribal lands. Merging ceremony and art to help bring awareness and recognition of the spirit of water.I would like to receive a blessing at the beginning of this process by an elder in order that this journey flows and honors the spirit of water. I know that water is a huge political and socio economic subject that I will not be able to address in its magnitude. My goal is to help bring awareness to the visitors and residents of the grand canyon and Colorado River. We are all connected by water and the land we call home. I feel that in bringing the perspective of the peoples of the grand canyon forward in regards to water conservation, spirit and flow that together we can make a bridge of conscious awareness, that we all may thrive. At the end of my residency I will be hosting a ceremony along with Minisa Crumbo a Citizen Potowatami Muscogee Creek Tribal Elder. All are welcome. I look forward to meeting and working with all who are interested.

Thank you,
Annie McCone-Lopez @anniemcconelopez 

Lesson Plan K-12 Summer Course Grand Canyon

Let us Meet On The Land At The Waters Edge

For creating the codices I will have the children create a book that also reflects what I will be creating during my time at the Grand Canyon Conservancy as artist in resident. It will be great to have this collaboration with the students to express the many facets of the most sacred, water. I would like for our collaboration to be more engaging on a creative side rather than another assignment.

Maya Style Codice

Maya codices (singular codex) are folding books written by the pre-Columbian Maya civilization in Maya hieroglyphic script on Mesoamerican bark paper. The folding books are the products of professional scribes working under the patronage of deities such as the Tonsured Maize God and the Howler Monkey Gods. Most of the codices were destroyed by conquistadors and Catholic priests in the 16th century. The codices have been named for the cities where they eventually settled. The Dresden codex is generally considered the most important of the few that survive.

The Maya made paper from the inner bark of a certain wild fig tree, Ficus cotinifolia.[1][2] This sort of paper was generally known by the word huun in Mayan languages (the Aztec people far to the north used the word āmatl [ˈaːmatɬ͡] for paper). The Maya developed their huun-paper around the 5th century.[3] Maya paper was more durable and a better writing surface than papyrus.[4]

The Dresden Codex also known as the Codex Dresdensis (74 pages, 3.56 metres [11.7 feet]);[11] dating to the 11th or 12th century.[12]

  • The Madrid Codex, also known as the Tro-Cortesianus Codex (112 pages, 6.82 metres [22.4 feet]) dating to the Postclassic period of Mesoamerican chronology (circa 900–1521 AD).[13];
  • The Paris Codex, also known as the Peresianus Codex (22 pages, 1.45 metres [4.8 feet]) tentatively dated to around 1450, in the Late Postclassic period (AD 1200–1525)[14]
    A fourth codex, lacking hieroglyphs, is Maya-Toltec rather than Maya. It remained controversialuntil 2015, when extensive research finally authenticated it:
  • The Grolier Codex, also known as the Sáenz Codex (10 pages) or Códice Maya de México[15].[16][17]

10:00 – 10:50am, K-2 grade 11:00 – 11:50am, 6-8 grade 12:10 – 1:00pm, 3-5 grade
1:15 -1:50pm, 3-5 and 9-12 grade


Phase 1 painting the codices
June12,2023 arrive early to set up between 9am-9:30 am. Help clean up after the last time block.
Full day/with each class session per allotted time slot per class.
Each segment will be divided as follows
5-minute introduction approximately,
10-minute discussion about sacred water, conservation, their relationship to water etc. 5-minutes for questions
25-minutes creating and painting.
5-minute clean up
This will be repeated for each block of students for the day.

Phase 2
June19,2023 Arrive early to set up/ clean up
10-minute discussion about their codices and what information they gathered.
30-35 minutes add drawing etc to the codices, Adding another layer of design and creativity. 5-minutes to clean up

Phase 3 (3rd-12th) ?Let me know what you think about Phase 3 for all students or just 3-12 June26,2023
5-minute questions.
20-minute finish up final details with dry supplies.

20-minute display and talk nicely about each others work.

I feel for K-2 grades Phase 1 and Phase 2 only, depending what the teachers think will be best for the younger grades. If they will want to engage for Phase 3.

Supply list

Here is a Amazon link that has a few supplies. Mainly the roll of paper, 1 Roll. hz/wishlist/dl/invite/cVMaq2w?ref_=wl_share

Lets use what you have and only order what you think we will need.

Phase 1

  • Tempera paint, water color or acrylic what ever the school has on hand. Link on amazon if you wish to purchase
  • Assortment of paint brushes. Link on amazon if you wish to purchase
  • Trays for holding paint ( these could be paper plates)
  • Containers for water (these could be recycled plastic yogurt tubs etc.)
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Rulers

Phase 2

  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers
  • Oil Pastels (if you have on hand) Link on amazon if you wish to purchase
  • Dry Pastels (if you have on hand) Link on amazon if you wish to purchase
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Rulers
  • Aqua Net hair spray if we use dry pastel. Link on amazon if you wish to purchase
    This helps as a fixative so the dry pastel, pencil etc doesn’t smudge when the codex is folded. The most cost effective and less toxic than an artist fixative spray.K-2nd only add-ons• Glue sticks
    • Scissors
    • Colored paper
    • Collage material
    • Bits and bobs for decoration ie; googly eyes, puff balls, etc.
    Anything that you already have to make it more fun for the younger ones.Water Conservation Activities for Kids
    1. Calculate Your Water Footprint. Your kids probably have no idea how many gallons of water are required for them to take a bath or a shower, wash their clothes, or brush their teeth. ...
    2. Cut That Shower Time. Do your kids take showers? ...
    3. Plant a Water-Wise Garden Patch. website is from Florida it has a daily water calculator. water usage Log
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Brush Teeth. Toilet.
Shower or Bath. Drink .


Wash dishes.
Water garden.
Water for animals. ___________ Misc. __________

Let us meet on the land at the waters edge Video interviews

My goal for interviewing the people of the grand canyon area residents and visitors alike, is to bring awareness about water and what it means to all of us, spiritually and collectivly on the planet. Here in the grand canyon it takes a Lot of work to bring water up to be consumed and utilized for everyone.The water of the Colorado River takes many journeys to feed multiple people and communities in the south West and California. For most of us our water comes out of a tap and we have access to water 24/7. For many communities in the south west people have to haul water from a main source to bring back home to feed their gardens, animals, and themselves. We can no longer take for granted the scarcity and abuse of our sacred water. We must all of us take responsibility to conserve and respect water. We must change the behavior and mind set that water will last forever. Water is life.


1.Have you ever lived in a place without access to potable water?
2.What do you think about not having access to water in 20 years?
3. How would you describe the spirit of water?
4. How do you think you can help in conserving water for future generations? 5. How will you advocate for the sacredness of water?

The ways I honor water, every time I take a sip of water, wash dishes, water plants, give water to animals, flush the toilet, take a bath, or even see water, like rain, rivers, puddles, oceans, streams, marshes etc. I SAY in my mind or out loud. I GIVE THANKS WATER.