My name is Ashley Dalton Yazzie. I am from the Navajo Nation. I spent most of my childhood living in Black Mesa, Arizona. We lived a humble lifestyle which allowed us to live off the land. It was there I discovered some of my late uncle Gus Dalton’s paintings. I was about 5 years old when I decided that I wanted to pursue art. I went through elementary and high school studying any art courses that were offered. Unfortunately, many programs were cut so I did a lot on my own. As soon as I graduated high school I began to work a part time job which allowed me to save for college. I attended Dine College for three years. During that time I learned different mediums and artists. I continued to paint and picked up new interests along the way. After graduating from Dine College with an A.A. in Fine Arts, I packed up my things and moved to Durango, CO. I lived out of my ride for a few months until I found an apartment. At the same time I was accepted at Fort Lewis College in the spring semester. I became more interested in sculpture and photography there. I also experimented with different painting techniques. After I graduated from Fort Lewis College I picked up a couple of photography jobs which taught me about composition and lighting. I continue to paint and use everything I’ve learned in my work. I always think about my family and friends that I have left behind a long the way. These experiences shape that artist that I am today.