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Congratulations to PLAYA alum, Frances Ashforth, for being selected to illustrate  the book ‘Headwaters’, by Dylan Tomine.  

Frances Ashforth was  selected to draw over 30  images for the book, ‘Headwaters’ by author & friend Dylan Tomine. The book was published by Patagonia Books in April, 2022. Ashforth toured with Tomine to NYC and Idaho where they shared conversations and thoughts on water, water conservation and the need for clean cold water for fish species such as Salmon & Steelhead to thrive.

Ashforth is also honored to be interviewed in early September by Ed Roberson of the Mountain & Prairie podcast. Ed’s list of authors, artists, conservationists & ranchers runs deep and am grateful to be on his roster. Check out the podcaast HERE.

Frances is an artist whose work has been shown in Canada, Europe, and across the US in galleries, schools, & small museums. She looks with intention to the land, is an avid reader & researches the environments she finds herself in. Whether arid basin & range, watershed or coastal wetland, her spare images share memory of place.The hope is that the subtle tensions observed between land, water & sky will ultimately strike a chord of respect for the raw beauty found in landscape.