Artist: Ashleigh Ritchie

Ashleigh is a 29-year-old qualified North Canterbury artist beginning her full-time career in the art industry. Ashleigh began her Bachelor of applied visual arts at Ara Institute of Canterbury (CPIT) in 2012 and graduated in 2014 with an additional FRIENDS of the Christchurch Art Gallery Scholarship for excellence in studies at Ara Institute of Canterbury. Ashleigh has successfully exhibited works in multiple group shows in New Zealand and is a member of Arts Canterbury in Christchurch, Rangiora Art Society and Ashburton Art Society.

All throughout Ashleigh's high school years at Ashburton College, she achieved highly through her art subjects earning the Daly trophy for excellence in Visual Arts, Art history - Walters Memorial Prize and an achievement of Excellence in: painting, and photography through 2008-2011.

Ashleigh specialised in intaglio through her studies, Ashleigh has carried on pushing and changing her concepts through experimenting and using different mediums as she pursues art as a full time career.