A Destin Work of Art, Defined
Meet the artist that is painting the scenic mural of Destin on our Cronin Shaped iLoveDestin/GUSU PADDLEBOARD for Give-Away.
iLoveDestin.com feels very fortunate to partner with an amazing artist that is so talented and well recognized within the industry that he is a part of a HUGE surfing/art summer exhibition in California for the next 2 weeks. He is showcasing a 24×72 Acrylic on Canvas named â€śSea Smokeâ€ť that he designed for the show with a tag of $8,000.00. He tells us that lots of great artists/friends will be there. Below are some of the big names that will be in the exhibit along side Ashton.
â€śI am super stoked to be in the 2 month exhibit that will run throughout the summer!â€ť Â
Ashton Howard is an artist and designer creating ocean inspired imagery. He visits numerous cities each year to sell art in galleries and trade shows. He was born and grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida which is how he continues to focus on the ocean and landscapes that surround him. Through paining, photography, and design the possibilities are endless and so are the hours that are involved each day; He has an obsession, and he brings to life his visions with passion to share with the world.
Â â€śOn one hand I love the pure creation and imagination it takes to turn a blank canvas into a beautiful painting and on the other I yearn for being outdoors with my camera capturing incredible moments that happen in nature.Â As I am typing this I realize how much time is spent on my computer creating, editing, and being an artist behind the screen. Our recently founded company Southbound Apparel has further developed my love for this aspect of fine art and the fun of using color and design in a modern way.â€ť
This week Ashton is in California showcasing a piece of art that he made specifically for the Art and Soul of Surfing Art Exhibition & Expo that honors the beauty and inspiration of surfing and the intimate relationship of the artist/surfer and the ocean. The US Open of Surfing will also be going on and both pull super names of the ASP Tour.
The artists featured in the exhibition have successfully captured their core love of riding waves. The influence of their pure â€śsurfer stokeâ€ť, the addiction that is surfing, has driven their careers and their artistic lives.
The exhibition features works of art from the most legendary surf artists in recent history, including the â€śGodfathers of Surf Artâ€ť: John Severson, Rick Griffin, Bill Ogden and John Van Hamersveld. In addition, current day legends Rick Rietveld, Ken Auster, Kevin Short, Wade Koniakowsky, Ashton Howard, Melinda Morey, Kevin Ancell, Sandow Birk and Bill Stewart are represented.
The exhibition is co-curated by Phil Roberts and Patrick Servedio, who have included a new generation of emerging artists: James Finch (Disney Production designer for â€śFrozenâ€ť), Lori Gilbert, Sam Bernal and Josh Serafin.
In late August, the Surfboards on Parade collection of art surfboards will return to the Art Center to join the show. Held in conjunction with the US Open of Surfing, The Art and Soul of Surfing is generously presented by VANS.
Ashton Howard Fine Art was founded in Southern California in 2002 on the shores of Laguna Beach. He started off as a street artist in Heisler Park selling hand painted rocks with seascapes, waves, and coastal scenes. Each one was hand signed on the back with his contact info and website; over the course of 2 or 3 years these little original works of art landed him in several art galleries across the region. Today he sells in many galleries across the U.S. and directly from their studio in Florida.
The iLoveDestin.com Paddleboard Sweepstakes winner will be drawn LaborDay Weekend. You need to enter to win today! This one of a kind paddleboard will be showcased at TheXperience Store in Destin, FL and will be making special guest appearances at designated locations that we will tell you from our iLoveDestin Facebook Page. During these guest appearances the 1st 10 visitors will receive a special surprise gift. So be on the lookout to where the board will be so you can take part it this special one and only give-away!