Painting the landscape of the holy land (Israel), Ashman is “weaving” vivid colors of spring dancing with lines and strokes. Working with traditional oils on canvas, the landscape transforms into inner movement, portraying the moods and hopes the country is experiencing despite difficult events. Ashman strives to feel complete with nature as nature brings the potential of life-giving food, medicine, peace, and joy. With a vivid color palette, the landscape changes its inner movement, portraying the moods the country is experiencing as events are occurring (wars, existence, peace).
The “psyche” or “soul” of nature is mixed with Ashman’s experience and emotions, striving for acknowledgments of the character of life itself. Almost all mythologies look to the earth as “mother,” bringing forth and nourishing life, and to the sky as “father” – the fructifying element. Life emerges from the unity of earth and sky, uplifting, creating, and allowing the sunlight to work in “painting” the color play.
Historically artists painted nature scenes as they saw or experienced them by trying to be true to reality, using the canvas instead of the camera we know today. Starting with the impressionist movement (circa 1869), artists began to express their personal take on nature. In his unique yet traditional way, Ashman takes this modern approach and brings a refreshing “Spring” feeling. Intertwining impressionism with expressionism, adoring nature through his colors and strength.