"Complete happiness never seems to occur in the completion of a work of art...yet, the promise of it is felt in the process itself each time a work is started. It is the great insufficiency that drives me."
Houston contemporary artist, Cookie Ashton attributes her adolescent upbringing in Venezuela to her early creative development and artistic talents.
Since graduating from the University of Oklahoma, Ashton has never stopped studying, learning, and experimenting with various materials and mediums.
Ashton has studied at the Centro Bellas Artes in Venezuela, The Glassell School at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX; the Instituto de Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Les Illusiones School, Les Cerqueux, France; University of London, Chelsea Art School; the Slade School, London, England, as well as numerous workshops from selected well-known artists. Her main objective in creating art is to try and move the senses by giving an intensification of reality. She is particularly interested in engaging the viewer as a participant interpreting and interacting with her paintings.
Ashton’s observations of nature, nesting, and nurturing infinitely interest her and are recurrent themes in her artwork. The transitions, transformations, and expectations inherent in these areas provide challenges without end. Complete happiness never seems to occur in the completion of a work of art, yet the promise of it is felt in the process itself each time a work is started. It is the great insufficiency that drives her. For her, the act of creating becomes more essential than the artwork.