Color, bright, strong, vibrant color inspires me. Color for me is deeply tied to memory: playing under the shower of yellow petals from a Cassia Fistula tree, laying on my back staring up at the speckled red canopy of Poinciana’s in bloom, the dark navy dress I wore to my father’s funeral. I was born and raised in Miami and I was inundated with vibrant color all around me. I often dance in my studio when colors come together to create something larger than what my small imagination could have composed. Those are the moments of divine intervention.
The creative process for me is primal and emotional. My abstract works are inspired by the sights and sounds around me, the music I listen to, the colors of the world, or the patterns of light reflected in the windows of stopped cars. Inspiration is everywhere. I am constantly taking note of patterns, shapes and the juxtaposition of colors. Other times I am process driven; I want to see how far I can push a medium, to see if I can make the wild idea in my imagination come to fruition.
I love the surprise of an unexpected color combination, a juxtaposition I had not imagined and then I try to discover what those colors sparked in me; to see if I can I capture that immediacy and grab that flicker of memory. But these are my memories, I leave my work open to your own interpretation. I only hope I sparked something in you.
Ashton Lacy Jones, artist (Facebook)