About the Artist
Self-taught, San Diego based painter born into a long-line of artists, Rhea is the pinnacle of creativity. Rhea's unique approach to the medium is based in abstract expressionism, a theoretical approach founded on the premise that an artist share their personality through spontaneity. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Adophn Gottieb, and Jean Debuffe, Ashcraft has cultivated her own artistic process. These influences have greatly shaped her distinct style. Rhea's techniques include layering, color therapy, affixing textures, adding then taking off.
about her work
The spontaneity and freedom of abstract expressionism has brought great depth and boldness to Rhea's work. Every piece created by the artist will leave an impression on even the casual observer, and an emotional or energetic imprint on the more notable buyer. These effects are an accidental gift, resulting from the natural energetic flow Rhea brings to her work.
The artist believes her work (and all art) to be a living, breathing meditation: Living Art | Art for Life. Her vision is to "enhance your space" by filling your home only with those things you love - like art - because it has a domino effect drawing good energy into your life.
"I really found myself through my art, because it allowed me to make mistakes and be who I am. It allowed me to be a business woman, and allowed me to bring others happiness."
My paintings have been described as abstract but to me, they are simple explorations into physicality, texture, and an emotional journey through color. The work is a process of putting on and taking off, which reflects various layers of mediums.
The intention behind my art is that the observer will continue to discover a new perspective of the world, expansion in self-awareness, and be comfortable loving something that they may not completely understand.
Please contact Rhea if you are feeling drawn to one of her paintings; all pieces are original, one-of-a-kind, and unable to be replicated.
GALLERIES & EXHIBITIONS
2018 year 2400 Kettner Building, San Diego, Ca
2016-2018 year artist in resident 838 North Doheny Dr. West Hollywood, Ca
2014-2018 year GDCA Gallery Los Angeles, Ca
2013-2016 year Artist In Residence at Trunk Gallery 12818 Venice Bld, Los Angeles
2011-2016 year Muse & Co Fine Art Atlanta, Georgia
2011-2013 Santa Monica Air Port Park [Studio]
2009-current year Mixture Home San Diego, Ca
2010-2011 Group Show” Small Works” Muse & Co Fine Art Atlanta, Georgia
2010 Solo Show “Peace In Chaos” The Art Space Scottsdale, Az
2009-2010 2400 Kettner Blvd Studio 216 San Diego, Ca
2008 Tryst Gallery Chandler, Az
2008-2009 The Art Space Gallery Scottsdale, Az
2008 Patrick Moore Gallery San Diego, Ca
2007 FourSeasons Spa and Resort
2006-2008 Jflynn Gallery Costa Mesa, Ca
2005-2006 Mandala Tearoom Gallery, Az
2005-2010 Rare Earth Wine Bar Scottsdale, Az
2005 Arizona Fine Art Expo Scottsdale, Az
2005 Phoenix Museum Phoenix, Az
2004 165 Art Studio Scottsdale, Az
2002-2003 Seven Restaurant San Diego, Ca
2002 Gargoyle Gallery San Diego, Ca
2002 Ocean Song Musica Del Mar, Ca
2001 Mission Café San Diego, Ca
2001 Longevity Health Cntr. San Diego, Ca
2000 Del Mar Art Center Del Mar, Ca
2000 Soma House San Diego, Ca
1999 Del Mar Gallery Del Mar, Ca
1998-1997 Cedros Art Studio Solana Bch, Ca
La Jolla Symphony, Fundraiser, La Jolla, Ca
Children’s Hospital, Fundraiser, San Diego, Ca
Sushi Arts, Fundraiser, San Diego, Ca
Phoenix Museum, Fundraiser, Phoenix, Arizona
Brenda Taege, D.D.S. Scottsdale, Az
Kelly Harrington, San Diego, Ca
Summer Bond Santa Monica, Ca
Lisa Damiani Santaluz, Ca
Nicolas Tellez Mesa, Az
Kim Hanson Scottsdale, Az
Scott Kline San Diego, Ca
For the PDF version of Rhea's CV, please click here.