About Ashe Skyler

Ashe Skyler

Howdy!

I've seen the Redwoods, hiked part of the Grand Canyon, stood on Pike's Peak, smelled the delightful scents in Yellowstone, and looked up at the Delicate Arch, but no place is home like the Appalachian foothills. I was born and raised in rural Alabama, and I've been through over half the states. And yes, I grew up barefoot! Grass feels better on my toes than socks. I'm more likely to wear shoes these days, but I still dress in jeans and a loose tshirt. Fancy clothes and ribbons don't determine your skill and I don't intend to pretend like they do. But if you like to wear pantyhose or ties, by all means, go for it.

I'm married to a fellow I met in college and we have a rambunctious toddler. Who is intelligent to the point it's scary. And we have one "ShiChi". She's half chihuahua and half shih tzu. I prefer to call her a "chitzu". Much easier to say. And she sheds worse than a cat!

Like most artists, I've been drawing since I was big enough to scribble. I mostly drew canines, felines, and dragons before I started expanding to people and other things. I am self-taught and began accepting commissions in 2010. I have gone to college, but not for art. I've studied computer networking systems and accounting.

But, art doesn't pay all the bills. From January to April, I'm an income tax preparer working 40-60 hour weeks. My grandparents own an income tax office and I've been helping them out since I was 15. If all goes well, I will be the owner some day. It is kind of fun to do paperwork and I enjoy bookkeeping. I still do commissions during tax season, but I take on a lighter work load. During the off-season, I do a little bookkeeping and I also try to pick up a summer job. There are still a lot of interesting things to do out there! Working at a floral shop is on my occupational bucket list.

I know I could very likely benefit from raising my prices a good bit. After all, it's not uncommon to find an artist charging $80+ for an 8"x10" instead of my $30, and there is that very weird thing where underpricing yourself encourages people to not buy from you. While I may go up a bit more in the next ten years, I am not "qualified" to charge more. I'm in my 20s, self-taught, and virtually unknown. I am not in my 50s with a Masters in artwork and a lifetime of publications. You'd be surprised at the number of people who think that skill is bought and not learned!

Interests

The painters and other pencil artists I adore are Mike Sibley, Diane Wright, Josephine Wall, Ruth Thompson, and Todd Lockwood.

ArtStuff.net is my favorite place to get art supplies. They carry all the paper sizes and weights that I want, and some other nifty things I want to experiment with someday.

Aside from the obvious stuff, music is a valuable tool in the creation process. I listen to all sorts of music when I'm drawing, but my top three musicians are Enya, Journey, and Blind Guardian.

Other things I like to do include reading, website building, handcoding ePub books, drawing comics, crocheting, cooking, gaming, exercising, martial arts, and just generally being outside. Nothing relaxes me like being out in the fresh air. And someday, I'm going to grow a garden. Until then, I'll indulge in my annual trips to local botannical gardens.


About the Site

All of my webpages on the site I have coded and designed myself. If you see any errors on my site, I'm the webmaster you contact about them. If you're curious about other designs I've done, hop over to trc.site90.net. I tinker with all sorts of stuff over there. (If you are a web designer and think you can help me by making my site "modern", please do not contact me. "Modern" websites fall drastically short of my standards with all the chaos and clutter they are covered with.)

Many thanks for dropping by the site and all the support. I appreciate it and hope to provide art for you to look at and display in your home for many years.