As a child, adolescent and young adult, Ashley dabbled with pastels, watercolors and acrylics in an effort to replicate her love of animals and nature. As a teacher and clinical social worker, Ashley encouraged her students and clients to utilize different art forms as a means to learning, expression and growth. In 2004, in an effort to get through the long Maine winters, Ashley picked up knitting needles for the first time. The tactile experience of working with wool felt right to her and eventually, in an effort to veer away from just knitting patterns, Ashley learned how to combine the felting, fulling and needle-felting processes to create her own images in fiber. In 2007, Ashley completed her first animal image on wool and since then, has continued to make pieces that represent her love for all creatures, great and small. As the years progressed, madly felting away, Ashley started to use recycled wool sweaters to serve as the “canvas” in her pieces.
When Ashley is not working on her art, she likes to spend time with her husband, Fred, their two bossy cattle-dogs, and a regal cat. Ashley is determined to add a pet goat or two to the four-legged crew but her husband isn’t sold on the idea…yet. Finally, Ashley, Fred, and their canine/feline crew made the leap from Portland, Maine to Tucson, Arizona in August of 2012 where they have been relishing the sun and southwest culture ever since.
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Leaping Lizard Gallery-Gifts 6530 East Tanque Verde Rd. at LaPlaza Shoppes Tucson, AZ 85715
Gallery Hours Seasonal March 15 - November 12: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 3pm November 13 - March 14: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm