Photograph of the artist Ashley Wright.

Ashley Wright

Inspired by the world within me and around me...

 

My passion for the arts has been present ever since my childhood and has expanded across multiple mediums. It started with drawing and then quickly expanded into choir, band, orchestra, and theater. It wasn't until the senior year of my BA in Music at the University of Redlands where I took a painting class for the first time and I haven't stopped painting since then.

Being tucked away in the Inland Empire I am surrounded by the beautiful San Bernardino National Forest, Joshua Tree National Park, Santa Rosa Wilderness, and the Angeles National Forest. These natural landscapes have played a huge part in my life and continue to inspire my art. Many of the imagery in my paintings are directly inspired by my surroundings, the 80s and 90s nostalgia, sci-fi, and pop culture.

 

My mental health is an important part of my life and directly impacts and represents my art. Throughout my life, I have struggled with CPTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). CPTSD comes with Dissociation, Derealization, and Maladaptive Daydreaming. These coping mechanisms helped saved my life and keep me here but living with them can feel like you constantly have one foot in reality and one foot out. These concepts influence my art through variance in vibrancy, perception, style, and texture.