ShockPress showcases artists from around the United States


Printmaker artist Ashley Nason adds water-based paint during her demonstration on how to make lithography prints during her ShockPress workshop Tuesday. Nason’s work explores the evolution of our environment as a result of overconsumption, pollution and the misuse of natural resources.

Nick Beach

Ashley Nason spoke Tuesday about her ability to use transparent paint to add effect to a printed landscape for her series titled “Transversing Imaginary Landscapes.”

Nason is from Eaton, Colorado, and teaches at Metropolitan State University in Denver. Her presentation was part of Wichita State’s ShockPress series this fall that showcases artists from around the country.

Nason’s work shows detail, and she makes prints under a screen and mylar.

She uses blue and yellow paints to add a transparent effect on buildings and elements of nature.

“I was interested in the graphic nature of the potential of incorporating a lot of different media just within the printmaking area,” Nason said.

 Nason started making prints while studying at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.

“It’s not hard,” Nason said. “It takes time to learn just like any other skill.”

“Printmaking is just another tool, just like painting is or sculpture,” she said. “It’s just another tool to make fine art.”

Nason’s smile, humble demeanor and willingness to display her work engaged and fascinated the crowd as many aspiring artists watched how effective Nason’s methods of screenprinting were put to action.

She said she has used her passion for her work as a tool to enjoy her job and appreciates producing more. It’s given her a positive outlook on the situation, she said.

“I enjoy everything about it,” Nason said. “I think what’s great about it is the students are learning so many different skill sets by watching other people work.”

Nason said she enjoys seeing aspiring artists reap the benefits of her teachings.

“The students come in and actually watch you work and help you work and be an assistant, so they get hands-on experience, as well as visually get to see the work,” Nason said.

The prints that were produced in her presentation didn’t take much effort, as only a minimal amount of blue transparent paint was added to her landscapes. However, it left several of the observers wanting to try it out.

 “I love teaching,” Nason said. “I love making art and I love exhibiting my work, so you know there’s so many different arenas for the art to be seen and made, so I like that.”