From the time she could hold a crayon, Ashley has been striving
to recreate on paper the things she saw around her. Encouraged by
her parents to pursue this interest, she attended the Corcoran School
of Art in D.C. Initially entering the Graphic Arts program,
a switch mid-stream to finish with a concentration in Fine Arts
allowed her to further her skills as an individual artist. She currently
works as a Visual Designer in the Northern Virginia area.
Her concentration throughout college was on graphite and
other black and white media. After graduation, she took a break
from any serious drawing, but came to find that using her skills for
graphic design alone was not fulfilling enough and plunged back into drawing,
this time introducing the element of color into her work. With black
and white media, there was only form and light to capture; the addition
of convincingly reproducing color provided even more of a challenge.
In the summer of 1999, she started the body of work that now consists
of 12 drawings of flowers.
Ashley's interest in plants inspires her choice of subject matter,
and her use of a macro lens in photography prompts her to create
works that capture the intricate details often missed by the naked
eye. She enjoys depicting them larger than life, creating a sense
of space that the viewer can explore.
Her work has been on display in the U.S. Arboretum in D.C. as well
as in a juried exhibition of botanical illustration at the National
Botanic Gardens, and has received several awards.
Some of these drawings are available for sale as limited
edition giclee prints - keep an eye out for the "Add to Cart"
button at the bottom of the descriptions!