Frances Ashforth's works reflects an authentic study of geography and watersheds within landscape. The intersection of habitats, both arid & wetland are what reflect her choice of composition. Time spent in remote places has allowed her to experience and study a variety of sparsely populated environments. Ashforth's prints have been exhibited in the UK, Ireland, Denmark & Canada. They have also been selected for numerous print biennials in Boston, Atlanta, Wisconsin, and Minnesota as well as The Print Center, Philadelphia. In New York City, her prints have been shown at the International Print Center (IPCNY), The IFPDA/Printfair, Art on Paper Fair, and EFA/Blackburn 20/20 Gallery to name a few. She has also shown in numerous galleries across New England. With great concern for the environment and conservation of land & water, her studio aims to be as sustainable as possible. Ashforth's premise has always been to give back. When possible she donates prints to art for a cause within various venues. Along with water conservation groups, she gladly has been able to support Project Healing Waters and Rivers of Recovery, both nonprofits that help veterans and soldiers renew themselves through fly fishing. Her belief is that water is our most precious resource--it renews and restores us all--and that everybody lives downstream.
About Water + Words and the process:
"The Water + Words project was a two-year long collaboration with 11 conservationist/friends and their thoughts on water. I asked each of them the question, "What does water mean to you?" And that is how the project began. I paired their individual thoughts with my images, drawings that were done mostly along the banks of familiar rivers from Alaska to New England. It is a hand printed folio, an limited edition of 14, that combines printmaking techniques of silkscreen & intaglio on its 14 pages. I had the support of many, from my contributors and their poignant 'words' to the enviable skill set of my Master Printer, Christopher Shore. Chris and I have been working on print projects since 2008 together. This folio is meant to honor those who work daily towards the belief that our rivers and watersheds are crucial habitats worth preserving. A group effort, Water + Words celebrates art & thought. It is meant to make us all think about the role water plays in our daily lives, as everybody truly does live downstream."