Asha Carolyn Young is a painter, writer and teacher who relished a close friendship with Hari E. Thomas for over twenty years. Together with Hari’s granddaughter, Asha became curator and steward of Hari’s hundreds of works of abstract art after he passed on. She also manages his painting website at: http://ashari-galleria.fineartamerica.com.
Asha is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and Berkeley (B.A., History, and M.A., Cultural Anthropology, respectively). She now lives with her husband, Ron McMath, and their pet family in the coastal town of Gualala, in northern California. Her own paintings show at: http://asha-young.fineartamerica.com.
Born in Chiang Mai, Thailand to American parents, Asha had opportunity at age 15 to study brush painting with a Chinese painting master, Kan Yi Chen, when her family lived in Vientiane, Laos. Later, in Berkeley, California, she practiced sumi ink painting in a small group for five years under the guidance of Japanese master painter, Kayoko Bird. Asha also enjoyed many drawing, painting and Art History classes at Laney College in Oakland, California.