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Susan Ashley

Mixed Media (Collage) , Watercolors, Acrylics



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Mixed Media (Collage) , Watercolors, Acrylics
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As an artist, Susan loves the process of juxtaposing collage and images on paintings using watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. The unexpected results always add an element of intrigue.
Historically, portrait paintings have primarily memorialized the rich and powerful. Over time, however, it became more common for middle-class patrons to commission portraits of their families and colleagues. Today, portrait paintings are still commissioned by governments, corporations, groups, clubs, and individuals. In addition to painting, portraits can also be made in other media____Now COLLAGE.

In her current work, she often uses polypropylene, called Yupo, or small pieces cut from publications like magazines and mounts her collages on boards. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Social Welfare and was awarded a scholarship to the Academy of Art in San Francisco in 2007. The subjects of her art are about people as a portrait, a cityscape or a designed floral arrangement. Her art has received international and national awards. Recently the Circle Arts Foundation, based in Lyon, France has featured her work.
As a child, Susan and her family came to California from Ohio. She lived in Burlingame, California. After graduation from UC, Berkeley, she married Andre when he was in the Navy, and they lived in San Diego 2 years. Later they located to San Jose. She was involved with art. She worked at Chabot Gallery and then department stores as an Interior Designer. She received awards for her watercolors, including a scholarship to the SF Academy of Art in 2007. Soon her work encompassed Mixed Media, Collage with Acrylics. She has received national and international recognition.

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