Ashar was born in Surrey, the UK in 1942. Is currently living and working on the Levels in Somerset. Spending the first months of the year on the moors sketching. Using these sketches to reconnect with her feelings for place, when back in the studio working.
Since graduating with a BA (Hons) in fine art from Plymouth ashar has continually challenged her practice. Working in oils on wooden panel creating abstract works with the ability to move the viewer. Endeavouring to paint her responses to place and not what she sees. The levels and moors being her inspiration, however ashar says “I do not want to depict them I want to express my feelings for them and create work that has the ability to be felt”.
She has work in collections all around the world, including Singapore, Australia and Europe, as well as a piece in The Millfield Collection. Last year ashar’s piece ‘let go’ was hung and sold at the Royal Academy. A finalist at “The Chaiya Art Awards” 2018. A Finalist in British Woman Artists 2017. Runner-up for Annex Acquisition Collection Award 2017. Prizes from The Atkinson Open and Fringe Arts Bath 2016.
A selection of her work is being shown in “Flight” an exhibition to be shown at The Musgrove Gallery from the 2nd October 2018 for six months.
Ashar is looking to spend 2019 researching and experimenting at various residencies to help expand her practice.