K. Ashley Pittman

K. Ashley Pittman (KASHLEY) is a mostly self-taught acrylics artist with non-traditional beginnings. He has had extreme interest in painting since a child training in oils at age 12. For a time however, he moved away from fine art painting focusing more on his need to succeed in business. He graduated with honors earning a BBA from Georgia State University and has seen success both as an entrepreneur and in the corporate world. Returning to his roots, he has re-established his talents for art and passion for painting. With additional training in acrylics and drawing from the Atlanta College of Art, he has refined his artwork focusing his artistic talents on fine art acrylic paintings.

ARTIST COMMENTS
An overwhelming desire to satisfy my creative outlet and my growing passion for fine art painting has led me to pursue a career in art. My need for perfection and detail drives my aspiration for work that is both substantial and unique. Having varied creative interests allow me to use acrylic medium to explore several areas of painting such as landscape, still life, abstract, and my Reflection Series portraits. Occasionally, my interest in a particular subject matter will spur a desire to create a series of paintings that could stand alone or work as a group.

When working with landscapes and still life paintings, I endeavor to capture the realism of the subject matter in a way that is visually and emotionally pleasing and familiar. My abstract work is influenced by those things found in surrounding nature. I enjoy discovering new patterns of color and texture in such things as trees, rocks, and celestial bodies. Art indeed imitates life and when looking closely at the veins in a rock, or the texture of a tree╣s bark I can find inspiration for my abstracts because these things innately have artistic qualities. My abstracts are typically heavily textured with paint and gel mediums to give the canvas life and instill an interaction with the viewer to want to touch the work just as if you would want to feel the texture of a rock or a piece of bark. Finally, my Reflection Series portraits seek to convey the character in the subject╣s face using dramatic lighting to induce playful drama between cast and shadow. My portraits are subdued, usually in contemplation, to allow light reflections of the subject to tell the story.