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.I was born in Dayton, Ohio. My family moved to the SF Bay Area before I entered school. I have had a life-long love of art. I worked in an art gallery and as a department store interior designer. I became enthralled with water media, and knew this was an absorbing passion. I have a Signature Membership in the California Watercolor Association, and I was awarded a scholarship to the Academy of Art in SF in 2007.
I spent formative years in Burlingame, graduated from UC Berkeley, lived in Oakland when first married in 1962 and then my husband, Andre, and I have raised our family and been in San Jose from 1967 on. Back in the 60”s the county was known as the Valley of Hearts Delight. Now it is the hub of technology and is Silicon Valley.
I work with watermedia: watercolors and acrylics and mixed media. I often use yupo (Yupo is polypropylene.) My most current work is with collage of torn magazines. Many have been in national shows. I do the portraits to tell a story about a person and his life’s passions. I do show the diverse community of Silicon Valley in my art.