We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Adams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
My brand is who I am. The success of my brand stems from the “the hues of me” concept I use in my artwork. The five colors, when mixed together, make up my phenotype complexion. Separately, they speak about my background, being Black and Colombian. My artwork is essentially my signature in visual form.
I believe this concept speaks to my customers because people are able to look at themselves and appreciate their own identity and how they present themselves.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
So far, my artistic journey has been a beautiful one. Not many people know this, but there was one point in time when I was deciding between pursuing my passion for art or my love for biology and medicine. At the beginning of my Sophomore year in college, I had narrowed down my focus to pursue a degree in graphic design or be pre-med. The reason why I was thinking of going to medical school was because I wanted to become an Anesthesiologist. It was one of the medical professions I fell in love with while doing my research. But my path swayed toward being a designer and artist after the passing of my grandmother.
My grandmother battled Ovarian Cancer for six and half years. My mother and I were her main caregivers towards the later stages of her cancer journey. With this, came endless hours in the hospital, countless doctors visits and meetings with different surgeons. I came to a heartbreaking realization that my love for medicine was not strong enough to withstand the journey I had gone through with my grandmother.
At the end of the day, I have no regrets not pursuing a medical degree because I know that my heart is in the right profession and way I want to live. I honor my grandmother in everything I do. Knowing life is short, I know she’d want me to be happy and is smiling because I am doing what I truly love.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend from out of town came to visit me, we would have an adventurous weekend! My must-haves on the list would be: First, go to Laguna Beach to swim and soak up the sun at my favorite little corner near Heisler Park. Second, would be beautiful visit to Top of the World and hike the awesome trails. Lastly, we would do some retail therapy at Fashion Island and enjoy some amazing Sushi at Sushi Roku!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My one and only shoutout I’d be honor to give is to my mother, Diana. Not only is she my biggest cheerleader, she was the first person to see my love for art and fostered that passion. Now, as a artist and business owner, she guides me with my business deals as my business manager. Her belief in me when I doubt myself and loving nature during hard times has kept me going. If it wasn’t for her encouragement to share my art with the world, many people would not have art by Ashley Adams in their homes .