Style1½ inches thick (3.75 cm) Product Details Artist grade canvas, archival inks, wooden stretcher bars, and UVB protective coating
AvailablityUsually ships within five business days. ArtistDoug Ashby Platinum Member CollectionTheDrawings
Description My mother recently said to me, after explaining to her how I found inspiration in my wife's hair, that was what made me an artist. The fact that I could look at hair and see what it is I might like to draw. A while back I found myself, as I do often, looking at some maps. I was in a friends classroom, they are a middle school geography teacher, pulling down all the various maps she has hanging up to teach with. They are the cool, multi layered kind, with many options to look at. It was shortly after that I began dreaming up the abstract art you see here, and not long into that process that I realized I was interpreting a lifetimes worth of just simply loving to look at maps.
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.