Self Portrait, 2019

Who am I?

My name is Ashley Meyer. I am an Oregon-based artist (oil painter illustrator). My favorite things to make are Fantasy, Surrealism, and art with religious themes. My college education mainly focused around art restoration. I really love the idea of making art that will last forever. I’ve done commission artwork for people in the past (sci-fi/fantasy and religious), and really enjoy the collaborative process between the artist and the patron. I mostly focus on realism, but I like making cartoon illustrations too!

What’s your Favorite Color?


Why do you like making realistic art?

I think the most appealing thing about realistic art is the process.

I’ve always liked realistic art by Renaissance artists more than abstract or postmodern art. I like the idea of having an ideal to always be working towards.

Sadly, I do have a tenancy to not be happy with where I am right now and always be looking forward, but I’m trying to work on that.

I’ve decided to approach art through the perspective that I will never be a “Master,” but always a student. With realism, there always seems to be something new to learn, something new to improve on. Even if you do master realism, then the next step is to take what you’ve learned and create something no one has ever seen before. Like how Picasso took everything he learned, and painted his flat-plane portraits.

I believe that great artists never stop learning. I found with realism, it’s impossible for me to learn everything there is.

What advice would you give other artists?

I’d say always be hungry to make your art better- or more like the art you want to make, but be kind to the person you are now and be happy with where you’re at now.

It’s too easy to get discouraged by artists who are more experienced and make better art than the art you’re making, but that’s just part of the process. You make your best art now, and the more you practice, the better you will be down the road. You can look back on your old paintings, hopefully not be embarrassed that they’re not as good as what you can make now, but instead appreciate how far you’ve come.

Art is not something that happens overnight. It’s a long game. It takes time and patience. Don’t get frustrated, don’t get discouraged, and, above all else, never EVER say, “My art sucks.”

If a magic genie came to you and could create the world in any way you want, what would it look like?

Lately, after so many years of college-induced malaise, I’ve fallen in love with these words by G.K. Chesterton: People didn’t love Rome because she was great, Rome was great because people loved Her.

I want to live in a world where we lived by this philosophy. With the political climate being the way it is today, every where I see, people are only focused on how terrible people who disagree with them are. I want to live in a world where people loved the things they loved and believed in MORE than they hate their enemies. Everywhere I see, it seems to be the opposite.

I want to live in a world where people loved their hometowns so much, they turn their theaters, courthouses, and churches into towering stone monuments gilded with gold and stainless steel roses with ruby petals climbing up the walls like ivy.

I want to live in a world where people began construction on cathedrals knowing full well they won’t live to see their completion, but their grandchildren might- and the end result would be glorious and eternal.

Ideally, evil wouldn’t exist in this new world, but I can’t imagine at all what our world would be like without it, nor do I have the right to say what’s evil and needs eliminated. Evil, malevolence, resentment, and envy will always be present, but I would like artists to not feel the need to add to it. To create beautiful art to inspire others to want to make a better world, rather than just creating art with the intention of being ugly, unpleasant, and disgusting-adding to the terribleness that is already present in this world.

I also want artists to build each other up, to be encouraging, and make the world more beautiful together. I want us to understand that we are making the world more beautiful together. We don’t have the best artist, but just being content with being the best person we can be.

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