Ashley D. Pierce is a self-taught mixed media artist born and residing in Columbus Ohio. The subject matter of her work is drawn from her personal experiences, emotions and people in her life. Sometimes her work seems light and comical but often its deceiving dealing with deeper more complex issues. Pattern and texture play an important role in her work as she states that it allows her time to build relationships and work out conflicts with her subject matter. The unique style of her work allows the viewer to create their own story and dialog with the piece. Pierce’s imagery may seem to be lighthearted scenes of animals and her signature human-like beings, but there is dark behind the light. She uses the figures to play out mini-dramas that represent different sides of her own personality and her own inner struggles. Pierce has been pushing herself to do some larger scale work while still retaining the intimacy and introspection she is known for.