Description A ball point pen illustration by Doug Ashby. In this artwork I use just a plain old ballpoint pen and the cross-hatch technique. Through building up layers I create strong areas of shade and tone. I hope you enjoy the art. Doug
Doug Ashby Member Since January 2011 Artist Statement So where to begin? Well how about with the inescapable truth that I cannot live without art. The earliest memories I am left with at this point in my life always have 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 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 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 to 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. I hope you agree.
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. I do not ever expect to become trapped in one mode of expression, however, I do know what I like and enjoy. I am very lucky to be able to pursue my dream of being an artist and I hope you will enjoy my work too.