Ashley Dietrich, the artist behind Canvas Dove
I hold BFAs in Studio Art and Art History, and a minor in Philosophy. I did graduate studies in Biocultural Anthropology and Archaeology before choosing art as a full-time career. I am inspired by pattern, natural textures, and a view of the woods from my studio. I have a lifelong obsession with color theory. My current projects (Fall/Winter 2018) explore anthropomorphism and the concept of reverence, using bird images.
I also work as a volunteer wild bird rehabilitator, specializing in doves and pigeons. Birds are each unique individuals with their own personalities, and I am honored to be part of so many little lives. Capturing their gestures and the complexity of feathers is a fulfilling technical challenge, but I especially enjoy creating portraits. Painting allows me to work with wild birds as well as spend time with my own little flock. I share my studio with ringneck doves.