my name is Ashlie
My Story :
With the ability to draw from an early age and a lot of freedom to explore outdoors, I never had to look far to find my passions. Flowers, backyard exploration, and drawing were a second home and comfort to an anxious only child who didn't really love school. I learned better hands on, at my own pace, and by my own free will/intuition. The same is still true today, and that's why I took the path of the self taught artist. A journey I am proud to have ventured upon, for it allowed my work to grow organically without being told what or how to be.
I've worked with many forms of artistic media: pen and ink, pencil, mixed media, oils, and acrylics. But it was when I discovered watercolor that I knew I had found my place. Watercolor adds a vibrancy, depth, and softness to my work that I feel allows me to express myself and the beauty of the natural world.
My work has been published in art magazines such as Somerset Studios, I've worked for independent authors, donated work to charitable causes, created many commissions, and of course I keep the virtual shelves stocked with paintings in my own online shop. In addition to these accomplishments, I've had the privilege to show my work locally. Places such as The Newburgh Brewing Company and The Grange at Warwick have welcomed my work upon their walls.
Most of the day you can find me in my studio, a sun-filled room that over looks my gardens. It is there that I create paintings directly inspired by my own backyard. Flowers, birds, and pollinators light my creative fire. I am also deeply inspired by florals found in old botanical books, artwork, and fabric designs of the past.