A Deeper Look into Ashley Peters

A Deeper Look into Ashley Peters

Ashley Peters is an artist who finds her inspiration through nature. She grew up knowing she wanted to be a part of the arts but it wasn’t until a course in college that she fell in love with printmaking. Like many artists, Peter’s biggest challenge has been receiving exposure for her work. In order to stand out from the crowd, she needed to find a way for her work to be unique. She handles this by creating one-of-a-kind prints. Printmaking is often a means of creating the same print multiple times. Peter’s also uses pen and ink to create details on her prints. She calls them illustrations and not one print is the same.  

Peters relies heavily on nature. Inspiration, theme, and color all derive from natural resources. “I typically look to areas such as the Sierra Nevada and autumn season for inspiration. She combines literal subject matter with concept. Her use of titles helps create that relationship. The print, Interrupted, is of a tree with a large red line cutting across the image. There is a literal interruption of the tree and an interruption of the paper. However, the viewer is forced to ask, what is interrupting this scene? What naturally interrupts nature and is this Peters’ purpose of creating this red line? “I prefer literal subjects that are portrayed in an illustrative manner with meaning and concept behind the image.”

Hard Edges, Soft Stories is a piece that is dear to Peters. It was one of her first printmaking pieces she made. She uses this piece as a foundation or a springboard for her work. Peters has developed her color palette and uses similar lines in other pieces. However, this was the piece that Peters realized how dynamic the printmaking process could be and inspired her to continue with this medium.

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