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Ash D. Pierce


Ash (Ashley) D. Pierce is an Ohio based self-taught mixed media artist. Inspired by both the visible and invisible world, Pierce creates works that pull from a wide range of inspiration and imagination. She is an avid hiker and backpacker and her adventures are often featured in her work. Just like the picture books Pierce was inspired by as a young child you can bet there is a story behind each piece she creates.


Pierce creates on a variety of surfaces but most often on wood where she uses watercolor and allows the grain to show through. Details in her pieces are often carved out with a Dremel tool and offers an unexpected element that is not always noticed at first glance. Sculptural pieces often have hidden elements in them that have been inspired through community engagement and her public works have ties to the environment they were created for. Her unique and narrative style invites and encourages the viewer to create their own story and dialog with each piece.

From 2007 until June 2020 Pierce filled various roles including Studio Director, Marketing Director and Art Facilitator at a non-profit organization in Central Ohio serving adults with physical and developmental disabilities. The experience produced a unique perspective on how art benefits and connects people and Pierce is passionate about sharing that as a full time artist.

Pierce’s work has been shown in exhibitions nationally including Chicago and New York. She was a featured artist in the show “New Horizons- Self Taught Art of the 20th Century” at the Hickory Museum of Art in North Carolina. She has also served as a juror for several art shows and volunteers with a variety of organizations. Pierce is passionate about mentoring other artists and enjoys sharing her work and experience with others. 

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