Mary-Lou Ashton
Abstract, Drawing, Painter, Sculptor
Picton, Ontario

from Science comes Art
Images of the sub-cellular
buried in the subconscious
into the vibrant colour of the macro world

After 40 years of careers as a medical laboratory technologist and later of an electron microscopy technologist, early retirement gave me the freedom to pursue my lifelong passion for the visual arts.

Life's experiences, personal feelings, relationships and images seen in the visual sciences are catalysts for my art. My work is a mixture of drawing, painting and sculpture with an inherent attention to line. These lines are created by incising them into paper, drawing them onto paper, or painting them onto canvas. Sculpted line images are created using copper wire, cord and long coils of clay. Frequently, this line is continuous, a reflection of continuum of life's journey. Spiralling of the line represents life's cycles and repetitions.

With the use of line along with texture, shape, and colour, my intent is to create, for the viewer, a visual sense of being alive: the joy, the sorrow, the hurt, the healing, the love, the anger, the compassion, the caring.

I now live and create my art on the beautiful Ontario 'island', Prince Edward County also known as The County. I have exhibited in many group shows in the County and nearby communities. In December, 2003, I was one of 36 Canadian artists representing Canada at the 'Quatra Editione Biennale Dell'Arte Contemmporanea', held in Florence, Italy. In the spring of 2004, I exhibited at the 2nd juried 'Toronto Art Expo'. In 2006, my most recent solo exhibition, 'from within from without', took place st the Belleville Public Library Art Gallery, Belleville Ont. I am currently a member of Prince Edward County Arts Council, Quinte Arts Council, CARFAC Ontario, Kingston Artists Association Inc.-Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre, and Visual Arts Ontario. My work may be seen at the artists' cooperative Gallery One Twenty One, Belleville, Ontario

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from below
from above
In the Beginning
The Year 2005
Sands of Time Winds of Change
Ring a Ring o Roses
red&blue&magenta II
Hungry Arches
Crossed Paths II
Colour Study Yellow
Colour Study White
Colour Study Red
Colour Study Grey
Colour Study Blue
Colour Study Black
Blue Iris
After the Russet Iris
After the Blue Iris
The Narrows
Crossed Paths I
A Safe Place
Tall Trees II
Tall Trees I
Vices a tryptich
Sandbanks Series III: Sandbanks Waters
earth to earth (Mid-Summer)
Too Many To Count
The Woman Endures II
The Woman Endures
Noughts & Crosses who shall lose who shall win who will die who will live
Iris I
Centring Revisited
Two Lines
Shall We Dance? III
Shall We Dance? II
Shall We Dance? I
Labyrinth: Crazy Sperm
Bag Lady (The Common Sense Revolution)
Sandbanks Series: Water
Sandbanks Series: Sand