Susan Ashley, creates stories about community and individuals with her collage portraits. She also is a contemporary artist who works with watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. Susan experiments with materials, textures and color.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, her family moved to the SF Bay Area before she entered school. Silicon Valley was initially known as Garden of Hearts Delight but now the hub for technology. Susan spent formative years in Burlingame, graduated from UC Berkeley, briefly lived in Oakland and then Susan and her husband, Andre, moved to San Jose to raise their family.
Susan worked in an art gallery and as a department store interior designer. She was awarded a Signature Membership in the California Watercolor Association, and received a scholarship to the Academy of Art in SF in 2007. She likes yupo (Yupo is polypropylene.) Her current work is with collage of torn magazines. Many have been in national shows. The portraits tell a story about a person and his life’s passions Her work often reflects the diverse community of Silicon Valley.