Featured Artist Cookie Ashton

Artist Cookie Ashton presents a collection of spontaneous abstract paintings. See more of her colorful portfolio by visiting her website.

 

abstract mixed media painting by Cookie Ashton

“The Arrangement I” mixed media on panel, 48” x 60”

 

I was twelve years old the first time I was introduced to any type of professional art. We moved from a small Texas town to Caracas, Venezuela—a beautiful, cosmopolitan city. I was so impressed with the architecture, statues, fountains and artworks everywhere.

 

abstract mixed media painting by Cookie Ashton

“Jardin Fantastique” mixed media on panel, 48” x 60”

 

I was alone much of the time at first. Painting became by best friend, thanks to my mother who had purchased several paint-by-number sets for my entertainment. I was immediately hooked, and began teaching myself to paint by making color charts, copying other artists and using any media available to me.

 

abstract mixed media painting by Cookie Ashton

“Blue Reef” mixed media on panel, 30” x 40”

 

There were many interruptions along my artistic path, such as boarding school, university, marriage and children. I never really stopped studying and painting, taking courses in the evenings in watercolor, drawing, oil painting, paper making and ceramics. I had found my passion!

 

abstract mixed media painting by Cookie Ashton

“Mystical Visions I” mixed media with neon on panel, 30” x 40”

 

My work has changed many times throughout the years. I began with the academic fundamentals. Over time, I have sought to break away from the rigidity and formality of those early lessons, continually embracing the freedom to explore while maintaining the basic principles.

 

abstract mixed media painting by Cookie Ashton

“The Nest” mixed media on panel, 48” x 60”

 

I would describe my current body of works as abstract, organic, transparent and totally spontaneous. It is also decorative, colorful, sometimes bold and both thick and thin. My goal is to engage the viewer to continually discover new imagery, feelings and emotions that my work may impart.

 

abstract mixed media painting by Cookie Ashton

“Above and Beyond” mixed media on panel, 60” x 48”

 

By using acrylics, charcoals and shades of white juxtaposed against intense color, I work in layers, allowing the past and present to become one.

 

abstract mixed media painting by Cookie Ashton

“Beneath the Surface” mixed media on paper, 20” x 22”

 

Abstraction, representation, palettes of all varieties and even wide-ranging subject matter, concepts and materials are simply tools for me. What makes my work uniquely mine is not any one of these things, but instead, a complex signature and layered character. Organic forms are used as a metaphor to describe the human life cycle and the ties that bind us together.

 

abstract mixed media painting by Cookie Ashton

“Spring Break” mixed media on panel, 36” x 48”

 

I feel that in today’s world, with all the interaction, continuous new ideas, new products and computer technology, we have learned to love and appreciate unpredictability. We are encouraged to understand our world through a multiplicity of lenses and perspectives.

 

abstract mixed media painting by Cookie Ashton

“Laurie’s Painting” mixed media on panel, 42” x 60”

 

Currently, and for the past eighteen years, I have exhibited in my studio and at galleries, art fairs and juried shows. Commissions comprise a major part of my work. These include installations in universities, hospitals, corporate offices, hotels and private residences.

 

Artist Cookie Ashton and her work

Artist Cookie Ashton and her work

 

I am hopeful that my work will continue to change, to inspire, be provocative and give pleasure. It is the most honest and revealing thing I do.

 

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Comments

  1. Beautiful work! Feels like floating in water…very calming.

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