“Decorate your own Soul”

My name is Kara Ashley-Gilmore, and my life’s work is about helping people be more creative, use their creativity foIMG_20151018_150524023_HDRr personal growth, and incorporate creativity into their daily lives.

I am an artist, art therapist, and aspiring gardener. I’m also a practice-what-I-preach kind of girl, and I paint for my own self-care.

I’ve been painting in mixed media for over 14 years. My artist’s journeIMG_20151018_081723y began in undergrad when the artist and author, Sabrina Ward Harrison, came to speak and lead a workshop at my college. I bought her book, “Spilling Open,” and was completely captivated. I started my first visual journal; I kept painting; and over the next year, I discovered that I could express things with paint, collage, poetry, and images that I could not express verbally.

I call myself an aspiring gardener because gardening is not one of my greatest strengths. When I was young, my mother gave me the poem, “Comes the Dawn,” and this line has remained with me ever since: Daffodils“…So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to buy you flowers.”IMG_20151010_074554

Now, I’m planting my own garden and decorating my own soul on canvas. I paint the blooms my shade garden won’t produce, and add the phrases I need to hear. It is my hope that my art inspires hope, connection, and joy in those who pause to enjoy it.

My artwork is currently on view at Art Mob, at 124 4th Avenue East, in Hendersonville.

You can also view it here.

“We want happy paintings. Happy paintings. If you want sad things, watch the news.”

~Bob Ross~