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Asha Carolyn Young - Fine Artist

Asha Carolyn Young

Gualala, CA - United States








Asha Carolyn Young

Gualala, CA - United States

Asha Carolyn Young - Fine Artist

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About Asha Carolyn Young

(Photo of Asha by Ron McMath, 2014)

Please also visit ASHARI GALLERIA, Fine Art America, to view abstract paintings by my very close friend, the late Hari E. Thomas. I show some of my abstracts with his.

My book on Hari is available in paperback and hardback (ebook by Dec. 2015) at independent bookstores, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc: 'Carry Your Own Joy: The Abstract Paintings and Life of Hari E. Thomas, a San Franciaco Artist,' by Asha Carolyn Young, published by Flowering Light Books, 2014.

The book shows 105 of Hari's paintings and tells his life story based on my interviews with his inner circle friends and son, and on my memories of him. Eighteen portraits of Hari in the Appendices and a sample of his own theoretical writing on Art, provide readers with more intimate sense of him.

About me: Born in Chiang Mai, Thailand, I've lived in California since high school. After college and many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I attended university and worked as a teacher, I moved to the northern coast to enjoy the open spaces and nature. I enjoy painting in a few ways: plein air painting in oil on canvas; mixed media abstracts on paper; and painting old wooden doors and window panes.

Lanscapes, seascapes, garden-scapes, urban-scapes, industrial landscapes, portraits -- these are some of my representational, plein air subjects. The surreal appears now and again in these pieces.

When I was seven, my father gave me a set of oil paints for my birthday and said, 'Just don't eat anything;' and I began squeezing tubes of luscious paint and working quietly with the big brushes by myself.

Later, after leaving a PhD program in Cultural Anthropology at U.C. Berkeley, I studied oil painting at Laney College in Oakland with great teachers, including Gary Snyder and June Steingardt. Today I still oil paint much as I did when a child -- by myself, looking at some amazing bit of nature, and messily enjoying a very good time.

The 'Abstract Brush Paintings,' painted in studio, derive from a year of study with Chinese Brush Painting Master Kan Yi Chen in Vientiane, Laos, and five years of studying Japanese Brush Painting with masterful Kayoko Bird in Berkeley, California.

The 'Abstract Collage Paintings,' are exercises in expressing spiritual 'Light' and 'Energy.' The 'Painted Doors' -- some painted in mixed media, others in oil -- speak and stand for themselves. The 'Abstract Brush Paintings' are part of my aim to express spiritual energy in a way similar to an elegant graffiti. 'Their Own Categories' show one-of-a-kind paintings and photos, some surreal.

My Abstract paintings owe much to a decades-long friendship and study with Hari E. Thomas, a colorist and abstract painter par excellence. My dear friend and great photographer, Daniel Furon, gave me countless hours of aesthetic lessons, the chance to watch his own art unfold, as well as collaborations in creativity.

My name, 'Asha,' was whispered to me while meditating months after the infamous Oakland Hills Firestorm of 1991 took the north-side of Montclair in Oakland, ravishing 3,354 homes and killing 25 people. The fire consumed almost everything in sight, including my paintings, hand-built raw canvases and gear that had been stored in a shed; however, most miraculously, the fire did NOT take our small rental house. That soot-covered house with blown-out windows stood alone in zone otherwise looking bombed out with only charred objects and earth.

Noisy reconstruction began, and we moved. Months later, feeling both sorrow and gratitude, I meditated constantly. Once while meditating, I heard 'Asha' whispered to me. Ever since, I sign paintings with this name, reminding myself I am merely a vessel, one of many channels. for The Great Spirit. I've learned that as vessels, we receive continuously from the Divine Source, which is Eternal and always full. No fire or earthly disaster can ever destroy what is ours in Creative Spirit, for Spirit lives on!

This name, 'Asha,' greatly soothed and comforted me. Later, my close friend Kirin Narayan informed me it is a Sanskrit name meaning 'wish, desire, hope, expectation, prospect' (Kirin quoted from Monier Williams, p. 157). Knowing these things, I am devoted to keeping the Light ever lit, to holding fast to Hope, even in a troubled world.

All of my paintings and painted objects are Expressions of Thanks to The Great Spirit. I also heartily thank founders and staff at FineArtAmerica for this opportunity to show and share paintings.

All works shown on and are 'Copyright Asha,' a.k.a. Asha Carolyn Young. Thank you for visiting, and may you be blessed on your journey. -- Asha

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