Charles Ash's Profile

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Being a native of the desert southwest from Phoenix, Arizona; I developed my art work by traveling around Southern Arizona painting and sketching landscapes, old mining towns, ranch buildings and the like and have been painting professionally since 1987.

My work draws from the Southwest forms, colors and experiences of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah; an enjoyment in the act of painting expressing a simpler, more casual approach to life.

I love working quickly with the paint, looking for the spontaity and the “happy accidents” that occur with a rough watercolor paper. My watercolors range from landscapes that expresses the beauty and quiet enjoyment of the Southwest to figurative works that ex¬press a dynamic quality; using the figure as an opportunity to introduce color and motion. I soon realized…

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  • Born on February 23
  • Joined May 11, 2010

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Watercolor on 300 lb Arches rough paper, writing brush

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Watercolors of the Southwest by Charles Ash

About

Being a native of the desert southwest from Phoenix, Arizona; I developed my art work by traveling around Southern Arizona painting and sketching landscapes, old mining towns, ranch buildings and the like and have been painting professionally since 1987.

My work draws from the Southwest forms, colors and experiences of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah; an enjoyment in the act of painting expressing a simpler, more casual approach to life.

I love working quickly with the paint, looking for the spontaity and the “happy accidents” that occur with a rough watercolor paper. My watercolors range from landscapes that expresses the beauty and quiet enjoyment of the Southwest to figurative works that ex¬press a dynamic quality; using the figure as an opportunity to introduce color and motion. I soon realized that I was more interested with the form, color and motion in the composition rather than capturing realism; In each approach I rely on the quality of light and shadow to give a bold quality to my work.

I have been living in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the past 30 years. In addition to my artwork, I am a practicing Architect with my firm Allied Arts. I studied architecture at the University of Arizona; a curriculum that heavily emphasized sketching, drawing and presenting ideas in an expressive manner.

To see my architectural portfolio http://www.charlesash.com/architecture/portfolio.html
To see my art portfolio http://www.charlesash.com/art/art.html

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