charlesash

Watercolors of the Southwest by Charles Ash

New Mexico, United States · 85 Sales

charlesash

Watercolors of the Southwest by Charles Ash

New Mexico, United States 85 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Watercolors Paintings - Take a tour of scenes from Santa Fe, Northern New Mexico and the Southwest.

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Watercolors Paintings - Take a tour of scenes from Santa Fe, Northern New Mexico and the Southwest.

Charles Ash

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Charles Ash

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Pinon Hill - Original Watercolor Painting
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Lake Willows - Original Watercolor Painting
US$300.00
Valles Azul - Original Watercolor Painting
US$300.00
Misty Morning - Original Painting
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Summer Field - Original Watercolor Painting
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Chupadero - Original Watercolor Painting
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5 out of 5 stars
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Sara McLean

Sara McLean on Jul 30, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love it! the painting is exactly as described and is a perfect addition to my art collection

adamartket

adamartket on Mar 15, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

So much detail the photo cannot capture. Arrived faster than anticipated.

adamartket

adamartket on Mar 15, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

So much detail the photo cannot capture. Arrived faster than anticipated.

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About

Charles Ash Artist Architect

Charles Ash is a native of the desert southwest. Born and raised in Phoenix, went to school in Tucson, lived in Las Cruces and has been living and working in Santa Fe for the past 35 years; a true “desert rat” born and bred. In addition to his artwork, Ash is a practicing Architect with the firm Allied Arts.

“I am in heaven living and working in New Mexico and especially Santa Fe” Ash goes on, “The massing, colors and textures of the pueblos are reminiscent of modern architecture in the twentieth century. The layering of the masses is a hall mark of southwest architecture and one of the elements that translates into Ash’s work.”

“I love the variety of landscapes and being able to drive 20 minutes to trails leading into wilderness areas. When you arrive at Northern New Mexico, you immediately understand what has drawn artists for the past 150 years. Most of all the blending of the three cultures: Spanish, Native American and Anglo give me so much to draw from”
Growing up, his parents were avid and rather eclectic art collectors; contemporary, traditional, sculpture, Native American and East Asian were all part of his environment. He was exposed to the forms and colors of Spanish, Native American and especially the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. He was always drawing and during high school he took every art class available to the point that his art teacher allowed him private studio time.
It wasn’t until Ash attended the College of Architecture at the University of Arizona in Tucson (with its curriculum that heavily emphasized sketching and drawing) that he discovered the art and architecture, motifs, paintings, culture and minimalism of Japan. It was at this time that he took a watercolor class taught by Al Smith…. and immediately fell in love with watercolors.

Initially of course the images created were architecture of the southwest; adobes. Pueblos western settlement and architectural renderings then figurative works that express a dynamic quality; using the figure as an opportunity to introduce color and motion. After moving to Santa Fe, hiking up into the wilderness, finding a comfortable rock and painting what was before me.

His work draws from the forms, colors and experiences of the desert Southwest; an enjoyment in the act of painting expressing a simpler, more casual approach to life. Ash creates watercolor paintings that capture shadow, form and space; an approach where he relies on the quality of light and shadow to give a bold quality to his work. He loves working quickly with paint, looking for the spontaneity and happy accidents that occur with a rough watercolor paper.

Abstract images started from working with monotypes, a printing process that allowed him to deconstruct an image, explore pure color and expressionism.
Then in 2014 started painting-a-day series using loose watercolor washes quickly over a very rough paper with a Japanese writing brush; which the minimalism parallels my architectural practice. As part of the minimalism he has started to experiment with "Bokusho" the art of abstract expressionism through the medium of Japanese calligraphy. While the forms are not intended to be 'writing' the expressive marks produced retain all the power and fluid grace that Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) exhibits. “I enjoy the ability to express myself using a large Japanese brush, ink, water and good quality paper whether that is hot press, watercolor paper or rice paper. I find Bokusho stimulating and it is a huge challenge to let go of all my pre-conceptions of what I want on the paper and to just let it happen in front of me. “

Other influences are the architectural designs of Nicolai Fechin and John Gaw Meem and the Arts and Crafts movement. Of course, living in one of the top art markets in the world has provided a trove of inspiration and new ways to delve into art making.

“Just occasionally a series of paintings pulls you up short. They are so arresting that you want to linger and absorb. This happened to me the other day. I was lucky enough to stumble upon a small painting by Charles. It was the barest hint of a landscape in greys and earth tones. Dry brush (actually a Japanese writing brush) on rough paper with a little wet in wet to add nuance. Deceptively simple, arrestingly beautiful. I spent the best part of a whole evening looking at Charles' painting-a-day series. Lingering on one, returning to another. An economy of colour and execution that brought the landscape to life. I shall be visiting Charles' site regularly from now on and you should too if you wish to see beautiful watercolour by a master of the art. Charles' vision of the world is truly wonderful."
In addition to being an artist and artist, Ash has been a background actor for 5 years where I have been featured 4 or 5 times, mostly westerns.

Ash will always continue to grow, experiment and of course have fun. Expressing his love of the desert southwest with its myriad of forms, colors, moods and expressions.

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    I love working quickly with the paint, looking for the spontaneity and the “happy accidents” that occur with a rough watercolor paper. I rely on the quality of light and shadow to give a bold quality to my work.

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Last updated on July 13, 2016
My artwork draws from the Southwest forms, colors and experiences of Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado; an enjoyment in the act of painting expressing a simpler, more casual approach to life. My watercolors range from landscapes that expresses the beauty and quiet enjoyment of the Southwest to figurative works that express a dynamic quality; using the figure as an opportunity to introduce color and motion. In each approach I rely on the quality of light and shadow to give a bold quality to my work.

All the watercolors are originals on acid free paper, matted, unframed and shrink-wrapped. "Why no frames?" Watercolors need to be framed with glass in order to protect the artwork from fading and damage. By not framing the artwork, this enables me to sell the pieces at a reduced cost and also saves the cost and protection of shipping artwork with glass. However, if you desire, maple frames with white wash finish are available for an additional cost.

To see a portfolio of my work go to www.charlesash.com

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I accept all major credit cards and Paypal and will ship within (2) business days after confirmation of payment.

Sales Tax: New Mexico residents will be charged sales tax of 8.3125% in compliance with state tax laws. This does not apply to out of state purchases.
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Artwork will be shipped within two business days by USPS or UPS upon confirmation of payment. Buyer will be notified of shipment and will be provided a tracking number. Artwork is protected by plastic film and comes with mat and backing and is packaged securely for shipment.

Standard overnight or 2 day service available at additional cost.

Contact Charles Ash for more information at "cwa@charlesash.com"
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Returns may be available, providing the buyer ships the artwork back, at their own expense, within 5 days of delivery and in original condition.
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