We couldn’t be more pleased to introduce Ashley Anne Clark to our Tuck family. From PEI, Ashley is a multi-disciplinary artist working with themes of wilderness, animal life and the raw elements of nature.
Born and raised on Prince Edward Island, Ashley left to study art education at Concordia University in Montreal and spent time after high school teaching english and art in South Korea. Ashley also lived in Thailand for 5 years as a child, an experience that influenced her love for diverse animals. In 2013, she moved back to PEI and has lived there since.
“I attended the Craft NB’s Christmas Festival, which is held here in Saint John, annually” Judith, owner of Tuck recalls. “As I approached Ashley‘s booth it struck me immediately that this artist had her own voice, style and a very strong body of work. I purchased several pieces for Christmas gifts for my family and friends and then asked her if she’d like to be represented by Tuck. Now her body of work is on the walls at the shop and several pieces have already sold! Ashley‘s work is a joy to behold”
– Judith Mackin
Growing up on Prince Edward Island, Ashley spent most of her childhood surrounded by nature and developed a strong connection and love for animals at a young age. This relationship with nature has greatly influenced her work, with most of her pieces centred around animals, portraying them in a way that exhibits their emotional side, the connections they’re capable of forming, and how they are similar to humans.
In addition to a focus on animals, Ashley also tries to create using materials that are found in nature, locally on PEI. These materials influence her work, with their natural lines and forms having great impact on the end result. Examples of a materials commonly found in Ashley’s work are twigs/ branches, leaves, and seaweed which she collects from PEI’s beaches and dries in her studio before adhering it to wooden planks.
Ashley’s process involves many layers of ink, paper, lacquer and organic materials. All of the hand drawn animals have been painted on watercolour paper and stenciled out. The paper is then glued onto of the collages of wood and seaweed. Working with paper helps the colour of the image pop and adds to the creative texture of each piece.