Susan Ashley was born in Ohio and currently lives in California. She graduated from
UC Berkeley and received a scholarship to SF Academy of Art where she studied
anatomy. She also received a Signature membership to the California Watercolor
Susan’s art reflects her desire to juxtapose the exotic with the familiar and her
fascination with nature, travel, people and places. She weaves together elements of
reality with fantasy using watercolor, collage, and digital art. Her colorful and
rhythmic compositions convey feelings of joy, whimsy and adventure.
The artist’s creative imagination shines in her versatile use of Japanese rice papers
or washi papers, and mulberry paper from Thailand. With them she achieves a
myriad of textured surfaces. All of Susan’s collage and mixed media works of
art are UV protected with acrylic medium and UV spray. A coating of wax is applied
over the top surface to ensure utmost protection.
Susan’s many exhibitions in museums, galleries and organizations
worldwide. Her art was shown in the “International Collage Exhibition and
Exchange” art show at the New Zealand Museum in Taranaki, curated by Dale
Copeland, renowned collage and assemblage artist. She has participated in group
shows at the Bonita Museum and with the San Diego Art Museum Artists Guild
members at the Olaf Wieghorst Museum. .
In 2019, the Gestalt Projects commissioned her to create a work of art which was
presented in the “Bouquett-Show” at BG Gallery. A Biblical artwork of collage, Shepherd in Awe was sold, 2012, at the Dallas Museum of Biblical Art. She has also received
portrait commissions and her art is in many collections worldwide.
Susan’s numerous awards include those from Fine Arts League of Cupertino Academy
of Art, the National Association of Women Artists, and the California Watercolor
Association, among others. Manhattan Arts International gave her an Award of
Excellence in its “Hot Topics – Bold Expressions” competition juried by Renee Phillips,
Director, and James Bacchi, owner of ArtHaus Gallery. She was also selected for the
juried exhibition “The Healing Power of Art”, curated by Phillips who commented,
“Susan Ashley is a natural storyteller with an ability to inspire a positive visceral
response. She invites us to interpret her layers of imagery, materials and symbolic
meaning to deepen our understanding about the world in which we live.”
Her art has been featured in several publications including Professional Artist magazine, the Cupertino Courier, Art Quench Magazine, Our Hometown Magazine in Chula
Vista and Salann Magazine. Her art has also been published in the Creative
Quarterly and she is included in the Online Catalog of Professional Artists