Ashley Halligan Member Since July 2008 Artist Statement I am a 2007 graduate of Marietta College with a BA in Journalism. Having been raised in a small town, I’ve always had a passion for exploration and discovery and (escape), though I’ve always had an appreciation for small town charm and a curiousity for life in the big city, having experienced the essences of both worlds. I spent the summer of 2006 living in NYC while partaking in an internship with Animal Fair Magazine- (the internship was hell; the overall experience was life-changing). After returning to my abode thereafter, I trekked cross-country from Marietta, Ohio to Tahoe City, Cali with my best friend, and ever since, have had an unquenchable thirst for every experience imagineable. I believe in seeking authenticity in everyday experiences, extracting the underlying aesthecism in even the most mundane of life challenges, and genuinely savoring every flavor, spice, and garnish this sweet life deals us. I have unconquerable dreams. I believe in homemade soup, wearing sundresses in the winter, seeking inspiration from grandaddy dandelions, tapas, spilling red wine on a white blouse, dancing roadside in unresistable patches of messy wildflowers, and always being a contemporary pilgrim. I brake for birds and probably have more idosyncratic underpinnings than most.
I write for TheAntiTourist.com as well as Graffiti Magazine (graffitiwv.com) and have been published by the Marietta Times & Zonder.com's Destination Guides.
I am also in the process of beginning a private travel consulting/ trip planning service called Contemporary Pilgrim. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions regarding articles or trip planning services. Salute!