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Ashley Goforth

GoforthGalleryFineArt

Wesley Chapel, FL

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Artist's Statement:
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.











 

Laughing Gulls Flight Flurry by Ashley Goforth

 

Two Roses by Ashley Goforth

 

Buffalo Dancer by Ashley Goforth

 

Monarch Of The Plains by Ashley Goforth

 

One Of The Mighty Few by Ashley Goforth

 

Just Before The Dinner Hour by Ashley Goforth

 

At Sea by Ashley Goforth

 

Golden Shrimp Plant by Ashley Goforth

 

Prayer Plant by Ashley Goforth

 

Dinner At Charleys by Ashley Goforth

 

Spanish Bayonets With Palm by Ashley Goforth

 

Bird of Paradise by Ashley Goforth

 

Thunder Heads at Sea by Ashley Goforth

 

Fresh Fruit by Ashley Goforth

 

Island Fruit Stand by Ashley Goforth

 

Coconuts At Kahlua Beach Club by Ashley Goforth

 

Sandpipers on Sanibel by Ashley Goforth

 

Ginger by Ashley Goforth

 

Steve While On Safari In South Africa by Ashley Goforth

 

Old Oak Tree with Birds' Nest Black and White by Ashley Goforth

 

Greatest Wall Ever Black and White by Ashley Goforth

 

Private Garden at Sunset Black and White by Ashley Goforth

 

Ancient Grey Stone Residence Black and White by Ashley Goforth

 

Table for Three Black and White by Ashley Goforth

 

Ancient Crumbling Stone Steps by Ashley Goforth

 

Ancient Crumbling Stone Steps Black and White by Ashley Goforth

 

Sunlit Banana with Bamboo by Ashley Goforth

 

Masks by Ashley Goforth

 

Decisions by Ashley Goforth

 

Old Trellis Roses by Ashley Goforth

 

Sunbeam Shadows by Ashley Goforth

 

Heavenly Orange Swirl by Ashley Goforth

 

Searching For Enlightenment C by Ashley Goforth

 

Searching For Enlightenment B by Ashley Goforth

 

Searching For Enlightenment A by Ashley Goforth

 

Two Rainsticks by Ashley Goforth

 

Sweet Spot by Ashley Goforth

 

Peachy Yellow Surprise by Ashley Goforth

 

Design Detail A by Ashley Goforth

 

Grapes With Dewdrop by Ashley Goforth

 

One Blue Crab on Sand by Ashley Goforth

 

Blue Crabs on Sand by Ashley Goforth

 

Asian Influence by Ashley Goforth

 

Wish Book by Ashley Goforth

 

Reflections Of An Earlier Time by Ashley Goforth

 

Colorscape Tubes B by Ashley Goforth

 

Colorscape Tubes A by Ashley Goforth

 

Elephant with Elephant Box by Ashley Goforth