Graphite was Ashley's first love as a drawing medium; from a very young age, she
taught herself to work with pencils. In college, her skills with pencils were refined
and her media broadened to include charcoal and conté crayon. In 1992, she
discovered what an excellent surface frosted mylar is for accepting fine nuances of
graphite tones, and commenced creating all graphite drawings on mylar.
The drawings of bones arose as an exploration of feelings surrounding the history
of an object or place. In these drawings, Ashley tries to capture the whispers of a
deserted space, like the echoes in the empty old plantation homes she used to visit
as a child. The drawings of antlers grew out of a desire to further explore these
white forms in space.
Mylar allows for excellent blending, very dark coverage, and complete erasure without
destruction of the surface. The drawback is having to use cotton gloves or some other
method of keeping skin oils off the surface; any fingerprint on the surface
affects the way the graphite goes on.
All of these drawings with the exception of "Pisces" were shown at Angelfall Studios
in November 2003.