AshaAung Helmstetter is a Seattle-based painter, who often works with oil paints in heavy textures. Her focus shifts between portraiture and abstract, letting both painting types borrow from the other; always using bold colors and exaggerated features. At seventeen years old, Asha realized that she would dedicate very much of her life to art, and has spent the years since actualizing the reality she had seen for herself in her mind. Having left school early to focus on her confusingly detrimental health and personal development, Asha has very little formal training. While she has many mentors, and takes inspiration from art that exists everywhere, her style shows the independent exploration that comes with somewhat isolated learning. Her paintings reflect her imagination, and perseverance: two things that are difficult to miss when encountering her person, or any of her creations.