Last year Ashley was joint winner of the ‘Canvas and Cream Art Prize ‘in London and his work was also selected for the Discerning Eye, the National Open Art Competition and the Ludlow Open. In addition Ashley was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2011 and he has been a former prize-winner of the Hunting Art Prizes and a recipient of a Boise Travel Scholarship from the Slade School of Art. Currently Ashley is a gallery artist at Modern Artists Gallery, Reading and the Great Atlantic Gallery, Falmouth and has shown at many galleries throughout the UK and beyond, including the Belgrave Gallery, St.Ives, Campden Gallery, the Cotswolds and Edgar Modern, Bath.My paintings are landscapes, but not in the traditional sense. They are inspired by my travels, the coastal landscape, and the harbour-towns of Cornwall, including: Porthleven, Padstow, Charlestown, Fowey & Penzance, with their beguiling mix of the natural and the man-made.The paintings are driven by ideas and a love of colour and are a mixture of observation, memory and imagination. My ambition is to both define a place and find something new in each piece I make.The paintings begin with a walk, with drawing, taking photographs, collecting maps and postcards. I build on this information in the studio, away from the subject, where I feel I have the freedom to invent. The ‘shape of a place’- the view from the air- usually structures the paintings, but I also introduce other viewpoints, the views on the ground, and imagery. Within this framework, I allow the paintings to develop their own momentum, usually working in series, with the paintings feeding each other, allowing all possibilities to be explored. Ashley is delighted to have two solo shows running concurrently; in addition to his exhibition of Cornish and American paintings at gloss-Art Exeter, his latest series of works inspired by Paul Auster’s novel ‘The New York Trilogy’ can be seen at The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Devon, 5th- 24th July 2013.