Ashley Collins

Ashley Collins
Collins’ process has evolved during her 25 year artistic journey.
The paper aged in her studio, the process of application, the hidden or obscured imagery, and the figurative incorporation of animals , humans, and invocation of text collectively evoke a calm which overcome the information overload of daily life. Collins’ use of resin provides both depth and the desire to touch each poesy.
Go ahead, reach out, touch the surface. The resin which collins’ moves across the work with fire from a torch not only provides a protective coating, but also aids in viewing the depth of layers, Many works have in excess of 30 or more layers the amount of time that goes into each piece is simply astonishing. Initially, the sheer scale of her works is overwhelming, particularly given Collins 5’3″ frame. Collins’ series of 8′ x 10′ paintings, “Portrait Series” amplifies the faces of horses to mythic proportions. Her series of 8′ x 10′ “color fields” with hidden imagery bring depth and warmth, the evocation of harmony and freedom. Her series of 7′ x 8′ and 8′ x 10′ abstract works are so layered as to create a constant invitation to the viewer to find anew with each viewing some piece of the puzzle. Almost every week, the artist receives calls from collectors who own the work, expressing the discovery of a new hidden image, a different text, a previously unseen treat. Collins’ work “Lass” has a repeated text that perhaps describes her work best: ” I have spent most of my adult years erasing the layers of reality that covered the beautiful truths of childhood.”