Ashley Hyland


1972     Born 13 October, childhood spent in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Childhood holidays in Charleston, South Carolina and the Appalachian Mountains.  NC Governor’s award.

1990    Full art scholarship to Appalachian State University to study BFA in Graphic Design.  Bauhaus, Black Mountain School of Art influence. New York.  Alpha Phi Theta Nu founding member.

1992    Met husband.  Travel awards.  University of Sunderland scholarship.  Drawing Teacher, Foundation.  Studied under Ray Masters (Printmaking), Robin Crozier (Fluxus).  Visited Amsterdam, London, Greater Manchester, Retford, Sheffield, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Clowne, Chesterfield.  

18 May 1993     Visit of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, K.G., K.T., to the City of Sunderland to commemorate the granting of City Status to Sunderland.  Invitation to the royal visit at St. Peter’s Church, Sunderland. Studied photography & film, then printmaking.  Printmaking, drawing & found objects installation.

1995    Moved to Cardiff.   Marriage.  Oriel Gallery (Arts Council of Wales).  Welsh Economic Research Unit (Cardiff University), attended signing of the Government of Wales Act 1998 (Houses of Parliament), Assistant to Glyn Jones (Head of Fine Art, Cardiff School of Art and Design).  Travel to Tunis, Sousse (Tunisia), Rila, Sophia (Bulgaria).  Paris.  New York.  Met HRH Princess Anne in Cardiff.

2000    Moved to Caerphilly, South Wales.  Art gallery owner and curator,  Princes Trust Award, Philanthropist, Big Arts Week regional mentor, National Eisteddfod of Wales Arts Committee.  Drawings of Caerphilly Castle, Newport landscapes.  First thoughts about beauty.

2003    First child (Llantrisant, living in Caerphilly).  Gallery at Black Horse, LloydsTSB, Cardiff.  

2005    Move to School Lodge in Orcop, Herefordshire.   Second child (Hereford).  Looked after Orcop Church.  Hereford churches, National Trust trip across England, Youth Hostels.  Minneapolis.

2006    Moved to Garden Cottage, Treago, Herefordshire, owned by Lady and Lord Mynor.  Mentor for artists abroad and Galanthus Gallery, Hereford.  Ross-on-Wye exhibition. 

2007    Third child (Hereford).  Move to Greater Manchester.  Home education network, Manchester.  Towersey Festival Oxfordshire, first visit.  Camping across Somerset.  Hazelstock.

2008    Masters in Cultural and Arts Management, University of Winchester business school under Loykie Lomine.  Two years attendance, enterprise bootcamp.  Art Thank you Party, Micheldever, Hampshire.  100 pieces from personal art collection gifted to village residents.

2010    Move to East Sussex.  Piddinghoe.  Painting in Ouse Valley, Sussex,  Watercolour.  Minneapolis.

2012    Move to Selmeston, Berwick Parish, East Sussex.  Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Selmeston Church Charity Auction (Long Man of Wilmington Commission).  Hens in garden. Husband travels the world.  Watercolour series.  Large watercolours.  First National Trust paintings.

2014    Experimentation with oil.  Exhibition in Lewes at Wickle.  First greetings cards.  Alex Lewis Trust Auction, (two pieces, commission).  Alpha Phi England Alumnae Chapter founding member.

2015     Border Collie.  St. Valerie Sur Somme, Le Crotoy (France). Crete caves, snow, earthquake.  Move to Seaford.  Close friends move to Mougins (France) and Brisbane (Australia).

2016    Became British Citizen.  Artwave 2016.  First patron.  First prints.  Etsy.  Mougin Museum, Matisse Museum. Monaco, Cannes (French Riviera). International hosting (students, Scoutex).

2017    Malaga with oldest daughter.  St. Paul de Vence meetings.  Sailing.  Power boat license. Bishopstone View commission for Annette and Rob Blackman.  Minneapolis visit & 45th birthday party.

2018    Tunisia visit with family in first group of English to return.  Fascinated by planting in the fields.  Studied with Roisin O’Farrell (Ireland). Art Stories (watercolours) then Artwave (large oil paintings) at English Wine Centre.   ’Rathfinney Planting’ Dyptich.  Prague with husband.  Viewed Beethoven’s manuscripts at Lobkowicz Palace.

2019.   Artwave at Selmeston, Sussex, England, showing Sussex Stories:  Long Man of Wilmington paintings with photographer ZQHyland. Poetry.