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Meet Ashton Hall

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashton Hall.

Hi Ashton, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I am a passionate fauvist artist. I use vivid oil colors, expressionistic techniques, and impressionistic tendencies while painting my intuitive messages. My goal is to create a moment of escapism. I grew up in a small town in rural Wisconsin. There wasn’t much to do. I was great at diving into my imagination.

Painting created an avenue to another world for me. I wanted to wander out of that town to new places so I had started by painting landscapes I could escape into. After that painting wasn’t just my hobby but my world. After school, I would be in my bedroom painting or drawing. Art is still the way in which I talk to the world and tell my story.

After high school, I obtained my Associate’s degree in Graphic Design from Western Technical College in La Crosse Wisconsin. During that period I would be still caught in my room painting. I started to use the oil pastel as my go-to medium. They embued pieces with a grainy texture, matte finish, and high-key hues; oil pastels vibrancy really speaks to my inner enthusiast.

Early in my 20s, I started working by the commission and lost interest in Graphic Design altogether. I knew what the consequences of living a dull life without time for art felt like. It wasn’t worth it. I then decided to harness my skill and art knowledge to pursue my passion for fine art.

It was a scary jump of course but while having on and off-side jobs I started to hang work in cafes, restaurants, exhibitions, and galleries. Fast forward to my early 30s, I decided to open my own Pop-up studio gallery, “A.E.H. Studio Gallery.” After two years of themed shows, murals, and community engagement I decided it was time to close my studio in Wisconsin and move out to Arizona at the beginning of the year.

My partner found a career opportunity and the winters were so long… needless to say, I am truly starting over and it has been a whirlwind of activity!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I think money is many artists’ MAIN challenge. As well as TIME which both of these combined equals freedom for an artist. Also selling work. Find a base or community that falls in love with your own unique style. Staying in one place for a while and getting out into the community can remedy that. Also advice from seasoned artists.

Painters, poets, writers, musicians, and other visual artisans tend to weather the storm of a looming confidence crisis all the time. At least I do and I’ve seen it plenty. Judging work too soon, starting and stopping many pieces at once, being unable to finish the project, lack of support, feelings of doubt and the list goes on as to why these things happen.

Rediscovering your special communication with your own imagination through your own guidance system (intuition) can help completely I believe.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a painter that specializes in oil pastels. I am known for infusing my pieces with endless shapes and contrasting colors as my main focus with less impressionistic forms dancing around them.

I also paint murals and work in watercolor, pen, and acrylics. I am proud to say I organized a mural alleyway in my hometown of La Crosse with the help of other artists and the city. I think my spirituality would set me apart from other artists… I believe that imagination is all linked and is how to source consciousness think and create.

I also have painted, written, and authored my own sets of Oracle cards. I am on my second set of cards and I feel they will help artists one day.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I think faith and action play a role for sure. I feel like luck is more about where we are birthed, to whom, and what time in history.

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