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My light-filled paintings seek to connect you to the peace within. From the time I was a small child, growing up on a farm in picturesque Northeast Iowa, I desired to create. My paintings are a tool to explain what is beyond words - pure unconditional love, joy, hope, and peace.
I live in Minnesota with my wonderful husband and two amazing children. When I'm not in my gardens, or spending time with my family, I work passionately in my studio! I am honored to have my paintings in many private collections. Driven to inspire the world with my work, I am 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.
MEET THE ARTIST
Where it all starts - I love getting lost in nature.
I take the inspirations I find in nature and recreate them on
canvas, here in my attic studio in our 150 year old farmhouse.
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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