The primary motivation underlying Ana Ingham’s works is to depict timeless and universal emotions. Representing significant moments within an almost diagrammatic space, she creates a kind of spatial symbology where the placement of a color, word, figure, or collaged element suggests a moral evaluation. Ingham’s works typically feel as if they have been thought out beforehand, which is due less to her knowing the overall appearance of a piece before she starts once, than because she has already thoroughly reflected on the subject-matter she is representing.
Ingham’s works are both playful and studious. Her compositions tend to highlight the material dimensions of a surface (canvas, etc.): a conscious decision that allows for the greatest interplay of coloration and texture to reveal itself. Considering her works' abstraction, there is nevertheless a strong figurative bent in her work, which often hinges on her use of collage. The continual mingling of different materials, colors, textures, and shapes forms the hallmark of Ingham’s artistry. Yet all of this is consolidated within an attentiveness to objective detail reminiscent of classical landscape paintings. Although Ingham's artwork is quite original and inventive, it also hints at various art movements as influences, such as Brut (or Naive) art, Impressionism, and Cubism.