We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Zabarte and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, why did you pursue a creative career?
I used to think that a creative career was an impossible thing. Becoming an artist was an insurmountable task that I would never accomplish. My journey through other careers to being a stay at home mom to being an art student has taught me that it is impossible for me not to work as an artist. There will always be some aspect of me striving to create and learn something new about myself through art. There will always be new mediums I want to explore and that want is such a deep desire that I simply cannot deny it. The career that I have made for myself has allowed me to explore so much of myself and express the creativity that feels integral to my survival.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a sculptor and 3D artist. I started out my business making jewelry. While I still make jewelry, I have recently branched out to home décor and kinetic sculpture. I like to make functional art. I love efficiency and it feels good to make art that is also useful. I struggled for a long time choosing a medium to work with. Just in the last year, I have come to the conclusion that I don’t have to choose. Part of the fun in expression is also learning something new. This year I have learned 3D printing, resin, and have just started working with wood. Artists out there who love to learn new mediums: you do NOT have to choose just one to work with!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I know my audience is in LA, but I actually reside in Las Vegas, NV! I recently opened up a shop in downtown Las Vegas inside of Ferguson’s Downtown, so we would obviously stop there first! There are so many fun shops there and it’s such a beautiful place to visit. I think after that, we would visit the arts district to go to Local Oasis and The Good Wolf for some shopping, Vesta for coffee, Tacotarian for lunch, and then stop into The Layer Lounge for a facial. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give my shoutout to my mom! She taught me to explore my creativity. As a child, I always had the space, supplies, and encouragement to create. I heard countless times throughout my life about how proud she is of my creativity. She truly made that aspect of my feel special and worthy of expression. Thanks, Mom!