Emily Ashworth - Biography
Emily Ashworth was born in Florida. Her heritage dates back for generations in south Georgia, however she has been a vital part of the Coos Bay Area since 1965. Emily's art is heavily influenced by the south and the lush sub tropic environment of her childhood.
Emily Ashworth graduated from the University of Tampa, served in the Women's Army Corps, worked in medical laboratories, taught school, raised children and pursued a lively and exciting political life which included running for Governor of Oregon.
And then there was ART! Out of the blue, no warning...it just happened.
Ever the experimenter, Emily painted with wild abandon and a bold, experimental activity ensued. Watercolors, because of their lack of vibrancy for the feeling she wanted to convey, gave way to liquid acrylic paints and she never looked back. The paintings created come from a seemingly unreal space. For inspiration, Emily avoids material reality and instead taps in on the
extraordinary images of her creative mind.
Emily Ashworth's paintings pulse with vibrant hues and electrifying jewel tones that leap from the canvas and belong to no known palette. The subject matter is abstract in nature and on occasion semi-realistic. Most works are intuitive constructs produced with the guidance of her imaginary muse. Ms. Ashworth's paintings are free of structure and rules. Emily is free to aggressively engage in a passionate affair with the pigments.
is how Ms. Ashworth describes her paintings. This is her own art form that she has been perfecting for the past seven years. In the creation of her larger prints a small acrylic original is painted. Then the image is digitally expanded, pulled and enlarged. As a gicleť print it is many times the original size. The results are astounding. By expanding the original painting the potential image unfolds. Like using a microscope in a laboratory Emily exposes a created world that would otherwise remain unknown.
Emily Ashworth serves as a board member at the Coos Art Museum. She is vice president of the local Bay Area Art Association. Emily vigorously promotes the local ArtWalk and dedicates her energy to a vision for the future of her community. She envisions an "Arts and Cultural destination" for the Coos Bay Area.
Emily feels fortunate to live, love and create on the southern Oregon Coast.
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