Vena Ashley, a native Houstonian, graduated from Sam Houston State in 2006, with a BFA, double major, in Advertising Graphic Design and Photography. She worked as a graphic designer until October of 2013. She then decided to finally take the first step at being an artist and showed at her first Art Crawl at the Atelier Jacquinet November of 2013, she has been showing and producing art ever since.

After her first showing in 2013, she showed in several shows, one in particular, with the theme “007”. She really enjoyed that show, and had a new dream, to produce more shows like that in Houston. Her first show to produce was, “No Place Like that Yellow Brick Road.” It was epic, and so, State of the Art Shows was started! Her second big show was at MATCH Houston, “Every Summer Has a Story.”

After her Every Summer Has a Story show, Vena was asked to run and manage RockStar Gallery. Vena’s motto has been “Go big, or go home,” and that is exactly what she is doing at RockStar Gallery, her “state-of-the-ART-Shows” home gallery.

Vena’s artistic passion is photography, and she takes it to another level… sometimes a print just will not do! She calls her process photographic mixed media. All of the mixed media prints are done by hand, so each piece is totally different and unique! The 7-step process of transferring her images to wood and metal, take the viewer to another time and place.

She also loves to paint. She has done several murals and commissions including a mural in Minute Maid Park for Montejo Beer, Hot Toppings Pizza mural, a mural at Tea + Art in the Heights, and a mural of Stella Artois at The Silos. She helped with the painting during the remodel of RockStar Property where she learned how to paint with epoxy, and she now also does that. Her abstract epoxy  pieces are absolutely stunning to see in person!