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Ashley Dull's light-filled paintings seek to connect each of us to the peace within. From the time she was a small child, growing up on a farm in picturesque Northeast Iowa, she desired to create. By age nine, Ashley had her first piece of artwork on public display. Her paintings are a tool to explain what is beyond words - pure unconditional love, joy, hope, and peace.
Ashley lives in Minnesota with her wonderful husband and two amazing children. When she isn't chasing her little ones around, she works passionately in her studio. Her work is currently represented in local and out of state galleries, and Ashley is honored to have her paintings in many private collections. Driven to inspire the world with her work, she is so excited to have launched this new online gallery in 2017.
"Somewhere between my head and my hand, my deep connection to the Earth brings the images in my paintings to life. I love nature and all that it represents: calm, peace, joy, beauty, change and new life. I believe there is so much to learn from nature if one takes a moment in solitude with it's beauty and wisdom. This is when I feel closest to God and have come to understand who we really are - or who we are called to be. This is why I paint the light. If each of us can find that divine spark within and follow the light of love and peace, I believe true healing and transformation of ourselves and our world can and will happen. If I can help someone feel a connection to the world around them and a sense of purpose in this life, then I know I have done right by my talent." -Ashley Dull
MEET THE ARTIST
Where it all starts - Ashley taking in the beauty.
Ashley painting in her studio!
Ashley's best assistants, who have already taught her so much about life.
Read to learn more about Ashley Dull's work
Ashley was interviewed by Stone Path Review - a publication for artists.
SPR - What age did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I cannot think of a specific age, I've always just "known". My earliest memory, however, is from first grade when classmates started asking me to do their art projects for them - I already knew at that time that I loved to draw.
SPR - Have you had any formal training? Why or why not?
Yes, I did study and graduate with a double major in fine arts and health from Luther College in Decorah, IA. I was never pushed to go to college by my parents. I guess I wanted the experience and when I was 18 I had no idea what to do next. I am very greateful for the opportunity, but I was not concerned with continuing education after my four-year degree. I was ready to create in my own ways.
SPR - What led you to nature based themes in your art, specifically trees and forests?
I suppose it all started while growing up on a small farm. I was constantly surrounded with endless beauty. There was a dirt road right behind our house. I remember taking walks and feeling so inspired all of the time. There were many more trees than buildings. I don't remember a specific time feeling called to paint trees, I guess I always remember feeling such awe from them. In just recent years, light has become a fascination, and even more so, combining light with trees. Now, each painting represents so much more than what meets the eye.
SPR - Please respond to how you handle explaining your paintings vs. letting them speak for themselves.
Although I feel very called to share my vision, I struggle with how much to verbally share and say about the painting versus letting the beauty within the painting speak for itself and touch each viewer on an individual level.
This reminds me of a quote from Henri Matisse, "The only valid thing in art is the one thing that cannot be explained, to explain away the mystery of a great painting would do irreplaceable harm, for whenever you explain or define something you substitute the explanation or the definition for the image."
To read the full interview, click here.
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