My name is Ashley Morris and I was born and raised in the Yakima Valley. My creative work stretches across sketching and photography. My drawings are influenced through the art of black and white portrait photography. Experiencing light and shadows in their natural state through photographs helps me to understand their place on paper with charcoal. My pieces are inspired by the intensity of emotion that is held in the eyes. I believe this serves as a common language throughout all cultures. “The voice of the eyes…..” E. E. Cummings. I try to recreate that window of intensity by building the eyes as the focal point of my work.