Reese was born in Washington in 1989. She spent her youth growing up in Hawai’i, which helped her develop a unique passion for nature, culture, and art from a young age. She moved back to her birth state nearly 10 years ago to pursue her education and soak in the Northwestern atmosphere. A Master’s student in Psychology, Ashlee fills her work with rich metaphors and witty observations.
Ashlee’s primary medium is split between her love for black & white images and highly saturated colored works. To achieve these pieces, she blends graphite and charcoal to create smoky depictions of real life subjects. In her colored works, she mixes layers of watercolor, ink, and colored pencils to create stunning displays of realism.
She has shown at both Art in the Woods and the Bainbridge Island Studio tour, and graduated with Honors this year with her major in Professional Counseling. Currently, she is proud to reside at the Verksted Gallery among the rich talents of other artists.
“My goal through art is to highlight the beauty of wildlife, philosophy, and the human psyche. By combining these elements, my desire is to offer both thought provoking and humorous pieces to my admirers. Life is never stagnant and I like to follow suit. In such, I am not committed to one, singular medium. Instead, I like to focus on which medium best serves the subject individually.”