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Conversations with Ashley Treece

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Treece. 

Hi Ashley, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My interest in art started at a very young age. I was always drawing in class and entering every competition I could come across in my small town in Arkansas —usually just local or state fairs. I ended up studying art at the University of Arkansas School of Art where I spent eight years immersed in the art scene there. After graduating with a degree in painting, I attended a workshop at Anderson Ranch Arts Center led by contemporary painter Angela Dufresne. It was around that point that I started rethinking what my place even was in the art world, that had up until that point been heavily guided by academia. I actually stopped painting entirely for almost two years, getting caught up with corporate jobs to pay off student loans. I got bored really quick with that lifestyle and that’s when I decided to relocate to Nashville. I just wanted a change of scenery and energy. Fast forward another year to when covid hit, I found myself in the same position that I think many people did. I had more time at home which meant more time to focus on things I wouldn’t normally have the time or energy to do after a long day at the office. I still had my day job but was starting to realize that it wasn’t something I wanted to do forever. I was putting so much of myself into someone else’s thing. Being able to do art full time for myself was always the dream, but I always made excuses for not making the leap. I landed my first show in Nashville this past summer, and that’s when I finally decided to make the pivot to doing art full time and I’m so glad I did. So far, it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made for myself. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road! I’ve struggled a lot with time management now that I essentially make my own schedule, and it’s really hard to set boundaries when you don’t have set hours. Depending on what I’m working on at the time, I can be really particular about how the lighting has to be while I’m working, so I might only be able to paint in the mornings. Or, there’s the struggle of having the urge to paint something as soon as I get the idea, but then knowing that I have commissions I need to complete first. So far though, I have been lucky and all of the tradeoffs are still very much so worth it. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a visual artist living and working in Nashville, most known for my vibrant portraits and energetic abstract work. My work combines realistic imagery with bold shapes and sweeps of color, creating environments that are obscured or distorted. I’m most interested in documenting how a space feels when you’re moving through it rather than just painting a stationary image. Most recently, my series of disco ball paintings have been gaining attention, in which subjects and spaces are distorted into fractal fields of color. So far, the thing I’ve been most proud of as an artist is seeing people react to my work. When I see someone get excited about one of my paintings, I promise it makes me 1000x MORE excited. I’m so glad that my work resonates with so many people, and I do always try my best to make my art accessible to everyone because I absolutely believe that art should be accessible. 

How can people work with you, collaborate with you, or support you?
Along with the work I create on my own, I also accept commissions! I have a website (www.ashleytreece.com) where you can reach out to request a custom painting. I always do my best to work within everyone’s budget. I also have original work and prints available. One of the easiest (and cheapest!) ways to support me and other artists is simply to share them with others, whether on social media or word of mouth. 

Pricing:

  • Commissions starting at $50

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Image Credits
Sean Robinson OJR

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