“I can’t paint my ocean wave art fast enough to keep up with demand. It is a great position to be in for an artist,” states Ashton Howard.
“As a surfer I know what it is like to ride a wave and experience the feeling of being in a tunnel of water. Through my art I want to capture and project the feeling in that split second before the wave breaks.”
Through the use of oils and heavily bodied acrylics, Ashton Howard builds layers of dimension and texture on canvas.
Many of his other works are extremely unique in that, he has subtly hand pressed sea shells and corals, collected from his travels, into the texture to create a very special and organic-like connection with the ocean.
Inspired by far-away places, he has a strong passion for travel and enjoys searching for new tropical settings. Reef point breaks, tropical landscapes and exotic islands are many of his subjects.
His landscapes have a calming effect on most people. He paints "moods", late evening, early morning, impressions of silence and times of quiet reflection, a feeling of solitude you experience when it is just you and the ocean.
“My surf art is like looking at a single frame from a surfing movie. But rather that just watching the movie, I want the viewer to get the sensation that we are actually riding the wave together,” concludes Howard.
About Ashton Howard
Originally from Florida but now residing in Southern California, Ashton Howard is a self-taught artist. Painting professionally since 2002, his work can be found in some of the most prestigious galleries along California's coast line and various galleries throughout the United States.