ASHLEY Hay is a local artist whose interest lies in capturing ‘story’ and ‘place’ in her artwork.
She approaches visual imagery with a spiritual ethos as an intuitive response to the environment.
Her work is like opening the curtain on the theatre of life.
“I need to ‘be’ and ‘feel’ connected with my work, so often it has a sense of personal meaning that is based on my ‘story’ or ‘journey’,” she said.
“Through my work I hope to communicate sense of peace and rest that can be found in nature, when we allow ourselves to slow down and contemplate the beauty of the world in which we live.”
Tree Stories is a celebration of nature and an expression of the artist’s spiritual response to the call of the wild.
Through the artwork, Hay endeavours to evoke an emotional response in the viewer that draws them into a place where they connect with their own passion and feel the call of the soulful song of whispers on the wind.
In Tree Stories, Hay’s work responds to a primal instinct to return to nature, to answer the call of the wild and to explore how nature touches our heart, how it heals and replenishes our soul.
Ashley’s own tree story began 10 years ago. An artist residency in Dwellingup was the catalyst for a journey of healing; of feeling cocooned in a community of warmth and generosity, but also a community with a respect and pride in their natural environment.
“Through my work, I aim to communicate nature’s sense of peace and rest,” she said.
“To take you to that place of contemplation; to stop and acknowledge its beauty.”
Ashley will be running ticketed workshops on August 9 and 22 at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
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