Ashley – who’ll be starting her third year at Sunderland University in September – previously studied Fine Art whilst at college, and hopes to ‘create a successful career as an illustrator after university and live in Edinburgh!’
Ashley has ‘too many books on my bookshelf’ and drinks too much tea; she enjoys sleeping, dreaming, reading and sketching…
Keep reading to find out more!
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I honestly wouldn’t know what to do with my life if I wasn’t an artist! I’m fairly new and still learning, but I wouldn’t want to do anything else.
I’m a bit weird and like to wear odd shoes, odd earrings and change my hair colour each time I visit the hairdressers. I’m a secret nerd and read manga, watch anime and play video games such as; Zelda, Final Fantasy and Skyrim. My three most cherished items are my books, my Xbox and my car (a Mini Convertible).
I want to live in Edinburgh, in an old house with a massive bed and a real fire. I would like to start archery again – when I have some free time.
What inspires your work?
My main inspiration comes from life in general and my reading. I love the beauty of nature and wildlife. I find it interesting to observe the public and their behaviour. I would love to travel one day.
My favourite piece of art work to-date is Star Eyed Deirdre (below). I really enjoyed this piece of work because I was excited to learn new techniques on Corel Painter – I found it fun and inventive!
Alphonse Mucha is definitely my most favourite and inspiring artist. The whole Art Nouveau period inspires me, but in particular Mucha. I also adore Arthur Rackham’s illustrations on stories and tales. On a more Fine Art side, I enjoy paintings by William Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite era.
All images © Ashley Taylor. To view the images in clearer detail, click on them.