I make no political statement, seek no deep inner meaning, and hide nothing in the layers of color in my work. I paint people, places, and things that are pleasing to my eye. Many of my paintings are from places visited in the past with a strong influence from several years living, traveling and studying in Europe and Asia.
I have been teaching watercolors in my studio and at Furman University for three years now and if the answer as to why am I here needed saying, is would probably be for my students.
My work is traditional transparent watercolor on cotton rag paper. I use a limited palette, mix my colors on the paper and use no black or white paint - they are opaque and lack the luminescence I seek. Many of my paintings are available as limited edition giclee prints on watercolor paper.
After decades of painting part time, it is now a full-time dream come true. Welcome to my world where I have the luxury of doing exactly what I have always wanted to do. That's the best part of who I am.
J. Ashley Kirby :: Watercolor Artist :: 25 Zelma Drive, Greenville, SC 29617
Several years ago I watched a vice-presidential debate where one candidate asked: "Who am I?" "Why am I here?" I think these questions are a constant thread in the artist's mind. We are searching for an artistic identity amid all the confusion and noise and to find our place in this maze and mass of creative energy.
The best answer for me, I suppose, is in the simplicity of my approach- paint what I want you to see that I felt important enough to put on paper. Color that finds its own way-co-mingling-the-magical lure of watercolor. Learning to see it-control-it-is a lifetime pursuit.
FOR THE STUDENT THAT WANTS TO EXPLORE THE EVERCHANGING WORLD OF WATERMEDIA. OUR PRIMARY FOCUS WILL BE ACRYLICS AND THEIR WIDE RANGE OF APPLICATIONS AND TECHNIQUES.
WE WILL EXPLORE THE MULTIFACETED DIVERSITY OF MEDIUMS, THE NEARLY UNLIMITED RANGE OF APPLICATIONS WITH ACRYLICS: WATERCOLOR TO OILS; BROAD SPLASHES TO MICROSCOPIC DETAIL. WE WILL LEARN AND PRACTICE THE USE OF ACRYLICS FROM WASH TO IMPASTO; FROM BRUSH TO PALATE KNIFE AND EXPERIMENT WITH IT ALL.
BASIC SUPPLIES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR USE IN THE FIRST CLASS. A SUGGESTED LIST OF MATERIALS WILL BE EMAILED BEFORE THE CLASS BEGINS. SOME SUGGESTED ITEMS, NOT REQUIRED, WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE EMAIL.
AS ALWAYS, I HAVE LIMITED THE CLASS TO 6 STUDENTS TO ALLOW
SUFFICIENT INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION TIME. THE FEE FOR THE CLASS IS $85.00 FOR THE 4 WEEK SESSION.
PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER FOR THE CLASS.
FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN A FUN CLASS: