A life’s work

LIHUE — Bad Ash Art has been a culmination of Waimea resident Tim Ashby’s lifelong work. And today, his art will be showcased for the first time.

“I’ve been doing art all my life, mostly for my family,” Ashby said.

Along with artists, Shari Pilaria and Reyna Teeter, Ashby will have 30 pieces of his artwork on display at Kukui Grove Center Kauai Society of Artists Gallery noon to 9 p.m. today and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. There will be a reception from 6 to 9 tonight.

Ashby said the best way to understand his art is to witness it firsthand.

“It’s tough to describe. It’s multimedia and it’s a conglomeration of inks, paints, pigments, dyes, lacquers, resins and working them all together. Occasionally, I end up with a great piece,” he said.

It’s a medium that Ashby is excited about.

“It’s a form of art I haven’t seen on Kauai yet,” he said. “And it’s very rare elsewhere.”

From the age of 10, Ashby has created art for family and friends. Now with an opportunity to showcase his work in front of others, he hopes to make a lasting impact on Kauai.

“I’m putting on this showcase to get this new form of art out and to, hopefully, be able to get in a gallery at some point,” he said. “And at some point, get the point where I can eventually utilize it to help the local community.”

Ashby said he has donated a few pieces for auctions to benefit a local church. He added he wants to sell more pieces to begin helping with environmental causes on the island.

Ashby’s pieces range from $100 to $2,000. Pilaria is planning on unveiling a new style of art tonight as well.

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