Watercolor, colored pencil
Ashlee Reese was born in Washington in 1989. She spent her youth growing up in Hawai'i, which helped her develop a unique passion for nature, culture, and art from a young age. She moved back to her birth state nearly 10 years ago to pursue her education and soak in the Northwestern atmosphere. A local mental health counselor to children and families, Ashlee fills her work with rich metaphors and witty observations she garners through her relational experiences.
Ashlee's primary medium is split between her love for black & white images and highly saturated colored works. To achieve these pieces, she blends graphite and charcoal to create smoky depictions of real life subjects. In her colored works, she mixes layers of watercolor, ink, and colored pencils to create stunning displays of realism.
"My goal through art is to highlight the beauty of wildlife, philosophy, and the human psyche. By combining these elements, my desire is to offer both thought provoking and humorous pieces to my admirers. Life is never stagnant and I like to follow suit. In such, I am not committed to one, singular medium. Instead, I like to focus on which medium best serves the subject individually. I believe people heal through relationships. The relationship I have developed with my art has not only been cathartic, but a way for me to advocate for important themes and voices that may not otherwise be heard."
The Verksted Gallery
18937 Front St NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370