Doug Ashby Member Since October 2012 Artist Statement So where to begin? Well how about with the inescapable truth that I cannot live without art. The earliest memories I have always had something to do with drawing. Of course my journey has not always been one where I am fully engaged in the artistic process. Like everyone else all of life's opportunities needed to be explored. The truth is though, even unconsciously, I always came back to the visual arts.
I am passionate about all aspects of art. Through college I was most interested in art history and museum work. For a while I believed this is what I wanted to do. In my first four years of college I had many museum experiences, culminating with a summer internship at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. What an incredible experience! There was more art to absorb than anyone can dream of. Shortly after I graduated from college at the tender age of 21 and went home completely lost.
Several years past and I worked odd jobs, mostly as a morning baker at a bagel shop and ventured away from art. Not completely however. In 1998 I decided to change my life and went back to school to become an art educator. This experience took longer than I anticipated and resulted in my second bachelors degree in Art Education. At the same time I was reintroduced to the studio experience, mainly through ceramic art and once again I found myself centered and back where I belonged.
Since then I have been teaching full time, I got married and have been slowly finding my artistic voice. Drawing is at the root of what I do. Although I explore many other media, drawing is still primarily my mode of expression. A while back I was introduced by a friend to the stipple technique and I instantly fell in love. I find this process to be very soothing and meditative and the result visually powerful, as well as the perfect vehicle for my continued growth as an artist.
At this point in my life I am ready to explore sharing my art with the world. I feel that as an artist I am discovering my niche. My art has become a vehicle for my further intellectual pursuits. Exploring topics in science, philosophy, art history, food and many other things is a passion. That passion comes to life through my art. Some say I am overly opinionated. I say I just love life and all this world has to offer. I hope you enjoy the artwork.