Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Provencher.
Ashley, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
After graduating from college I started working at an art gallery in Boston. It’s a unique gallery that assists in finding artwork for hospitals and health centers all over New England. I remember like it was yesterday, the owner of the gallery asked me to bring in some of my artwork so she could take a look at it. At the time all of my paintings were just something I did in my spare time. I had never even considered showing them to anyone. The next day I brought in a few of my paintings that I thought were somewhat representative of me as an “artist” and she loved them. That day we created a PowerPoint for a major project with the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, which showed my artwork as an option for a wall in a waiting room area. In a week we heard back and my pieces had been chosen to be installed there.
After that, I had the confidence to continue to paint and grow in my work. About a year into painting consistently, I had a good collection of work, so I started to submit work to galleries all over the country. What came back was a positive response from different galleries and stores interested in having my artwork shown in their spaces. I now am represented by 5 galleries around the United States as well as a few online galleries and constantly do pop up shops around the Boston area. I’m also part of the Fort Point Arts community which has given many wonderful opportunities to have work hung in cooperate buildings around Fort Point and the Seaport here in the city.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
When I first started out I lacked the confidence you need in this type of field, I was afraid of rejection and people not understand the underlying meaning behind my artwork. I have a wonderful support team of family and friends who encouraged me and consistently gave me the confidence I needed to put stuff out there and sometimes feedback isn’t always great but other times it’s amazing. I’ve applied to well over 40 galleries and rejection still stings but in this field of work you take the rejection and you build upon it and create even better work. Now I love all the feedback I can get to improve and experiment in creating new art
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Ashley Provencher Art story. Tell us more about the business.
My company is Ashley Provencher Art! For the most part, I create abstract versions of oceans and seascapes. I’m well known for my wood board pieces – my dad creates these gorgeous wood boards and I paint oceanscapes on them in various colors. I take commissions on about anything, I’ve created dog portraits, cityscapes, lighthouses, landscapes, etc. but my personal work is mainly my take on oceans. I grew up going to the beach at any given chance that was available. My mom and I would spend sun up to sun down by the water. Over the years I started to paint my ideas of the ocean. My paintings aren’t exact replicas of the ocean but more my memories and feelings from my times spent there. I think every artist has something unique to offer to the world!
Specifically, my pieces tend to bring a soothing, calming feeling so they work really well in places that can are high-stress environments. (I’ve had pieces installed in health centers, hospitals, rehab centers, etc.) Someone can look at them, take a big breath and feel just a little bit calmer.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I wouldn’t say I’ve had much luck more just a lot of hard work. Being an artist you paint what inspires you, what makes you feel alive. Some people may love it and some people will hate it. I’ve always stayed true to what I paint – I’ve grown as an artist and improved in technique but for the most part, I’ve always painted what speaks to me. You continually improve and grow, and I think it’s more dedication to your practice then luck!
- my pieces range from $50 – $2000
- Website: www.ashleyprovencher.com
- Phone: 6172700018
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @aprovencherart
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/aprovencherart/
- Twitter: @a_pro2