Charles Ash
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Charles Ash creates watercolor paintings that capture shadow, form and space. He loves working quickly with paint, looking for the spontaneity and happy accidents that occur with a rough watercolor paper. He currently lives in New Mexico and is interested in Art Noveau, Japanese motifs and Chinese watercolors. When he''s not painting, Charles works as an architect.

Artist and Customer Comments

Charles Ash 12/4/2013 | 3:33 PM

Thank you Don! I'm glad you enjoy the piece.

commentsBosque Del Apache
don purchased this artwork. 12/4/2013 | 2:31 PM

Colorful and relaxing view of natured

commentsCliff Palace at Mesa Verde
R Mitchell 4/29/2013 | 3:13 PM


Charles Ash 5/21/2012 | 3:25 PM

I was asked by a client what was the one book I would recommend for someone just starting paint. My immediate response was nothing... learn by doing, screwing up, succeeding, etc... But she wanted a book, so I told her start with Robert Henri's "The Art Spirit".

Charles Ash 9/18/2011 | 8:12 PM

When I paint the skies I try to spend no spend more than 30 seconds to keep the fresh, pure colors

Charles Ash 9/12/2011 | 6:23 PM

Thank you... the great thing about painting in New Mexico is the light, color of the sky and the forms.

commentsSan Francisco de Asis Buttresses
rchebium 9/8/2011 | 11:03 PM

I love the way your paintings look as a whole, but I especially admire your facility with painting light (and shadows) and depicting wonderfully textured skies.

commentsSide Street In Santa Fe
rchebium 9/8/2011 | 11:01 PM

You have talent, Charles

R Salehar 5/30/2011 | 1:05 PM

Hi Charles, sorry it has taken so long to comment...I bought your painting "Jerome" and was very pleased when I saw it in traveled all the way to Dubai to remind me of a trip I took there with my parents 25 years ago! Lovely work! Thanks, Becky

Charles Ash 3/19/2011 | 8:35 PM

That is great to hear, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did painting it.

commentsBlack Canyon Trail
T Hasselman purchased this artwork. 3/19/2011 | 4:20 PM

I love this watercolor. It reminds me of the peacefulness of winter. It is currently being framed, but I cannot wait to hang it in my home.

Charles Ash 3/4/2011 | 2:15 PM

I had some pleasant news this morning. Back in November I responded to a "call ...for artists" seeking images for the local phone book. I didn't hear anything and soon forgot all about it. I received an email this morning and one of my pieces (San Miguel)will be the cover and two more (one of those is Canyon Road In June)will be in the gallery collection. No money, but great free publicity.

Aspen Stand

Watercolor painting on paper
Signed on front

30" h x 11" w 
1 lbs. 0 oz.


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You can always tell when autumn is around the corner in Santa Fe. There is the smell of pinon smoke and green chilies roasting in the air. The mornings are crisp and cool and the aspens in the mountains turn bright yellow seemingly overnight.

This is a mixed media piece using Japanese sumi ink and watercolor on rough watercolor paper. It will need a frame for display. 

Watercolor painting

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