Growing up in Venezuela, Houston-based artist Cookie Ashton caught the creative bug early -- when her mother bought her a “paint by numbers” kit. 0nce she was hooked, she was never been able to shake it. Ashton’s work will be on display from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 29 at the party and art exhibit, the Summer Series at the Silos. Admission is free. Ashton’s most recent paintings will be on view in studio 120.
Ashton’s paintings reveal a passionate desire to continually learn, explore and express herself. Over the years, there were many interruptions for Ashton’s creative career -- from her time at boarding school to her marriage and raising three children. Still, she always managed to make time to work and study art.
Ashton earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Upon graduation, however, she was gifted with a set of oil paints. It was inevitable which direction she would follow. She initially began by teaching herself from art books, copying the old masters, doing color charts, sketching and stretching. Ashton then studied at many prestigious schools, including the Instituto Allende in San Miguel, Mexico, Glassell School of Art in Houston, Parsons School of Design in Paris, the University of London, Chelsea and University of London Slade School.
Ashton has also attended private classes and workshops with various artists, including Charles Schorre, Arthur Turner, Quang Ho, Daniel Gerhartz and Charles Reid -- all with completely different styles and talents. “I’m very selective now,” Ashton said. “My evolution as an artist has taken many forms, but I always take a workshop or class from artists I respect and feel there is something about them that can help me grow. Constant experimenting and learning keeps my enthusiasm alive”
Ashton’s unique style incorporates all she has learned whether it be in painting, printmaking, ceramics, watercolor or assemblage. Her organic approach continues to expand and keeps her works from ever becoming static.
Her work can be found in the Stafford Center for the Performing Arts, the Administration building for Texas State University, the Texas State Nursing School in Round Rock, Memorial Hermann Breast Care Center and Texas A&M University among many other personal and commercial collections.
For more information about the venue and the Summer Series at the Silos, visit thesilosonsawyer.com, or call 713-862-0082. For more information about Cookie Ashton, visit cookiesfineart.com. She is represented by Laura Rathe Fine Art – and her work is on display in both its Houston and Dallas galleries.