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April 2021

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Rebecca Ashton

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Having spent ten years working in museums and galleries after originally attending art college, Rebecca worked as a BACP registered therapist for the next ten years. Following a diagnosis of ME/CFS and autism, barely a week apart in 2019, Rebecca felt compelled to return to her creative roots as a therapeutic practice, which then snowballed into something more.

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Rebecca expresses her inner world and ideals through abstract expressionism. An intuitive painter, Rebecca was particularly drawn to the idea of art as communication, since she is neurodivergent (ASC) and feels that art can be a wonderful alternative route for communication for autistic people. After ten years working in museums and galleries, Rebecca became a BACP registered counsellor/psychotherapist in 2012 and set up and ran a free counselling service in partnership with the University of Worcestershire until 2020. After being diagnosed with ME/CFS in 2019, she was drawn back to her creative roots and enrolled at Hereford College of Arts the following year. Rebecca threw herself back into the art world without hesitation; the piece she made on her first day at college was shown in the Transitions exhibition at Espacio Gallery London in October 2020. This was followed by her work being selected to feature in ‘FurtherBeyond’, (a collection of writing by men living in Herefordshire who are affected by mental health problems) and a short film that she made about ME/CFS was selected for open screening at the Borderlines Film Festival 2020. Although primarily focused on painting, Rebecca enjoys working in other mediums, such as small metals, photography, textiles and film making. Rebecca has a particular interest in chromatics, pattern, texture and illusion.

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