Through layering, texture, and the stacking of imagery, Laughlin’s work provides complex, discovery-based viewing experiences that are emotional and reflective. The spatial depth in his drawings and paintings engages the viewer as forms materialize and dematerialize. In one moment, the work might appear as pure abstraction, in the next, formative images or scenes appear. Most of his work throws shadows, compelling viewers to study and move around a piece to see how the depth and color relationships are made. Ashe's work is focused on painting in oil and acrylic and drawing in conventional media as well as mixed media and oil paint pen on multiple layers of plexiglass.
Ashe received a M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts, NY and a BA in studio art from the University of Texas at Austin. He served as a Senior Lecturer of Art at Texas State University from 2001-2015; where he taught drawing, painting, and design courses. Ashe currently resides in Virginia and teaches art at the University of Mary Washington. His work has been exhibited in Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Texas, and Virginia.
I am an artist and illustrator working primarily in 2-D media — including drawing, painting, calligraphy, and collage — exploring the interplay of texture, color, and light, in order to elicit heightened emotional reactions.
I’m particularly interested in themes of memory, mortality, nature, and dreams. I believe art has the power to inject positivity into the lives of viewers, but also hope that my work can challenge the audience to question their perceptions of reality and the present, finding the fantastic in everyday life.
Born in Texas and raised in Virginia, I earned a B.A. in art history from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, and an M.A. in art history from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.
I am a member of the Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts and an Artist Member of Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center. An avid reader of books and collector of music on vinyl, I live with my husband and our rescue dogs in Northern Virginia.