© Ashley-Jayne Nicolaus 2018


is a Bay Area native. After high school, she lived in Oregon for almost five years hiding from the incessant rain and teaching herself how to paint. She then moved to San Diego where she continued her painting career, exhibiting her work in gallery shows and creating relationships with collectors. While in San Diego, she successfully pitched Haven to D.C. Comics.


She then realized that she needed a more academic study for her painting and writing. Accepted into many top art schools, she ultimately chose the California College of the arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts) in Oakland and San Francisco. After almost ten years of being away she returned home, immersing herself in her work, which included writing Haven and a few other small projects for D.C. She cultivated relationships while in school and in the Comic Book Industry with many wonderful artists that she admired greatly such as Franklin Williams, Barron Storey, Kent Williams, Betsy Davids, Liam Sharp, Mathew Clark and many more.


Michael McLure persuaded her to pursue her writing as well as her art so she decided to go back and get her Masters. At the time, CCA was the only school that would allow an interdisciplinary study that would allow her to marry text and image.


After graduating from school with her MFA Ashley became the Director for Artisans Art Gallery where she had the honor of working next to Donna Seager and meeting and learning from so many wonderful Bay Area Artists.


Ashley is currently painting away in the studio….