My name is Vanessa Ashford and in art circles I am known as B.VANASH™. I take great pleasure in creating unique art and creative design concepts. My goal is to let the art speak for itself.
I meditate in prayer to get in the right frame of mind before I paint because my belief is that spirituality makes all the difference in the world. It sets the tone for my peace and harmony, and also produces both innovation and creativity. A person’s creative soul is always exhibited through artistic and spiritual reflections. This is the time when they are depicted at best. My subject matter and style vary depending on my inner feelings.
My styles vary from still life imagery with southern, east and west coast influences to free style, cross cultural and surrealistic imagery.
My favorite mediums to work with are acrylic and mixed media. I love adding texture to my art for added details and love working with a multitude of dynamic colors .It is so intriguing to be able to create art that is unique. My creative perception is conceptual in nature because I tend to see every line, every color, every depth, and the colors within those depths. I firmly believe that I have wisdom beyond my years and it influences my perspective of creativity.Art is a positive remedy to my unexpressed emotions and it allows me to experience a level of great pleasure, enjoyment and serenity.
My Grandma Pearl was instrumental in me developing a keen sense of aesthetics and design. Grandma Pearl was a strong-willed Christian woman. She and my grandfather owned a farm in the South and had ten children. Grandma Pearl was a remarkable homemaker and artisan. She created gorgeous quilts, clothes, and doll dresses, made all the more remarkable by the fact that as a young girl she had lost one hand in a fire.
Grandma Pearl was not a person to draw attention to a deficit. She ensured that her clothes were tailored to disguise the lack of a hand, and went on to live a creative life filled with beauty — and I believe she passed on her spirit to me.
I am frequently commissioned to create custom designs for private and commercial use. My signature work can be displayed in private homes and the lobbies of Corporations, Hotels, Libraries, Hospitals, Municipalities, and other venues. I make a conscience effort to design concepts that are conducive to my client’s personal or business environment while culminating my artistic identity. I am a fine artist and also design images for retail products.
I exhibited art designs at art galleries and unique venue locations. My exhibitions and commissions include the following: The Georgia State Capitol; (Governor's and Secretary of State Offices); Dekalb Choral Guild's "Yours for a Song" Annual Fundraiser and Auction held at Glenridge Hall (filming venue of several movies, including "Driving Ms. Daisy", "Web of Deceit", and " Remember the Titans") located in Sandy Springs, GA; Visual Images, The L&V Gallery and Emory University Psychiatric Clinic in Atlanta, GA, Juan Armando Gallery/Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA., Rancho Santiago Library and The Santa Ana Annual Art Exhibit in Santa Ana, CA, Atlanta law firm Dwight Thomas (commission), Inner City Mural Design/ Capitol City Times, in Columbia, SC (commission- Romare Bearden Foundation/The Links Organization)and a host of other places.
I love to create art designs that exemplify diversity, visionary ideology, and remarkably detailed figurative works that fulfill the needs of my pleasure, enjoyment and serenity.
I also offer museum quality signed limited edition giclee prints with certificates of authenticity, designer pillows, and designer handbags that captures the pure essence, depth, and colors of each of my original design images.
The Giclee Process
The term "giclee print" connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.