Hi! I'm Ashley, a Nashville-based poet and abstract artist working with acrylic and mixed media.
My mornings start early, in the comfort of my sunlit home, a large pot of coffee on my kitchen table. Curled up near to my rabbit, I pour my monkey mind into the pages of my notebook and map out the day's creative work, whether that be a gallery or journal submission, a new poem, or a new series of paintings. When not creating, I enjoy gardening, cooking, reading, hiking, and participating in local arts and literary communities.
I'm easily won over with a good beer or podcast recommendation.
As a highly-sensitive yet sensory-seeking person, navigating life can sometimes feel like driving with one foot on the gas and the other foot on the brake. I have strong moods, whims, and appetites and am deeply impacted by my environment. Creating art is an essential piece of my self-care, giving me the space to explore my sensory needs and process each day's stimulation.
the first daughter born into the Trabue family in generations,
I come from a family of makers and entrepreneurs. Growing up, I was encouraged to draw and paint by my father, hobbies he picked up from his father, a celebrated draftsman and prolific artist whose work was naturalistic and precise.
My creativity was also nurtured at school where I was recognized as artistically gifted and given time to develop those interests. I participated in local art shows, markets, won awards, and eventually studied painting as part of my undergraduate degree.
Since 2012, I have studied and taught in the field of early-childhood education and am an American Montessori Society certified teacher for ages 3-6. My time in education equipped me with new ways of understanding the world, myself, and what I want out of life. I recently stepped out of the classroom to devote more time to my art.