Ashley Gaal of Art by Ash is a Detroit-based freelance painter and graphic artist. She studied scenic painting in college and received her BFA in Theatre Design & Technology from Oakland University in August 2016. While in school she was determined to continue a career in scenic art, but soon realized that the market for that in the greater Detroit area wasn’t as booming as she had hoped. So she decided to broaden her skill set and find work outside of theatre! As soon as she graduated, she began teaching herself how to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator along with a Wacom tablet. She also began taking her scenic painting skills and applying them in places outside of theatre and began offering services for mural work as well as commission paintings. Since being out of school for about a year and a half she has worked on several freelance projects,and has had both paintings and digital drawings features in multiple art shows, got back to her theatre roots and worked as the scenic charge for Interlochen Center for the Arts, and has widely expanded her portfolio to include all the different projects she has worked on. She is always looking for exciting and challenging new projects to work on! When she’s not busy with art projects, she’s usually eating ice cream or hanging out with Ziggy, her pet hedgehog.