My photographic images and paintings are not necessarily meant to be without imperfections in the subject matter. If a leaf shows nibbles from an insect, for example, I believe this just adds to the whole and enables the viewer to relate and feel more a part of the experience. We are not perfect creatures and other things in nature are not always perfect either. Thus, I believe we connect to the imperfect on a subconscious level as imperfection is something we all have in common. One of my goals in art is to create beauty from the ordinary. A way I accomplish this is to photograph the subject to bring out the finer nuances, the subtle beauty that is oftentimes overlooked when viewing from afar. My current art is all about bringing texture and detail to the forefront as I feel this is where the true beauty makes itself known.
S. AshleyAnn Goforth (aka Ashley) is a Florida native who started painting at age nine by stretching an old sheet over a wood frame to construct a 'canvas' on which to paint and then copying the color plates from the back of a bible. She later began working with oils and completed what she terms as her first 'real' work at age 18. This and many ensuing works were completed with the painting knife only. She currently works in several mediums including Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pen & Ink and Photography.
She studied art at University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana; St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, Florida; and Marycrest College, Davenport, Iowa. She also studied pottery making with several private instructors in New Orleans, Clearwater and at the Dunedin Fine Art Center in Dunedin, Florida. She is the former owner of arts and craft stores in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida and Clearwater Beach, Florida. She owned a clothing manufacturing company which produced ladies resort wear under her private label, 'Island Dreamers'. The private label name was chosen as a lifestyle expression, as she lived on a barrier island (Sand Key, Florida) at the time and had always been a dreamer.
Ashley also creates in other art forms such as writing, stained glass, mosaics, pyrography, jewelry making and design (mainly wire work & wire sculpture), crochet, knitting and creating wearable art (shirts embellished with hand painting and/or applique). She also enjoys cooking southern and Creole dishes. Although she relishes all of these creative outlets, her first passions are painting and working in clay, whether it be sculpture or functional pottery making, including both throwing on the wheel and slab work. S. AshleyAnn Goforth currently resides in Florida and owns two beautiful apricot standard poodles, Creme Brulee and Mango Sorbet.
Current body of work (painting/drawing) in process: Pen and Ink with watercolor.
Also in the works: a romance novel, two children's books, pottery, rock tumbling and several knit & crochet projects.
Favorite quote: 'Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life' Picasso
Favorite thoughts to live by: Everything in moderation. If you choose to judge others, you will also be judged. A great life isn't about how many things and the stuff you acquire, it is about how much Joy is manifested in your life.