Name: Ashlea Bechaz
Craft(s): Illustration/Fine Art
- When did you realize you were interested in art?
I think like most artists I had enjoyed anything art and crafty from a young age. I was lucky enough to have gone to schools with amazing teachers who all went out of their way to support and encourage my passion.
- How does fantasy play a part in your art?
Fantasy plays a large part in my work. When I was younger I struggled a lot with anxiety and Fantasy novels and video games were of a great inspiration to me. I would create different worlds and cultures and characters which would help me escape my own head for a while which gave me great relief and helped me relax.
- What Influences you and where do you get your inspiration?
From a young age I was inspired by the land and traditional dress of many different cultures which had a desert, or hot and worn environment. I would constantly be reading books influenced by these places or watching movies such as Aladdin or The Princess and the Cobbler.
I have been heavily inspired by video games. The Legend of Zelda has always been my favorite game. From the story the creators built, the different tribes and lands to the kooky characters and their costumes. Everything about it used to inspire me and get my brain cooking up different ideas of how I could make my own worlds and the characters that would live within it.
- How much does culture play a part in your work?
I would say that culture was probably the first and main inspiration for me. As I said earlier I had a keen interest in the traditional dress of many different cultures and as I have grown I have learned a lot more about these places and their people.
While I don’t study costume and environment as much as I used to, they are always at the base of every drawing I make. These days I try to look less to reference and try to challenge myself to see what I can concoct in my own mind.
- Who are your top 5 favorite artists?
My top 5 favorite artists are (totally typical, I know) Salvador Dali, Moebius, JAW Cooper and Nimasprout.
- If you could work with anyone dead or alive who would it be?
I think I would enjoy working with JAW Cooper. She is amazing and I think I could learn a lot from her.
7.What impact do you wish to leave with your art?
I hope that some day I can help some other person escape their mind for a bit, and make their day a bit happier and inspire them to create their own worlds and people in whatever craft they are drawn to.