Participating Artists

Ashton Thornhill



Biography / Artist Statement

Ashton Thornhill is a photographer working on the Llano Estacado of Texas. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, he grew up in Washington D.C. He studied at Texas Tech University. After earning a B.B.A in Finance and a M.A in photography/film he worked several years as a photojournalist. In 1979 Ashton, his wife Susan and their son Jonathan returned to Lubbock and joined the faculty at Texas Tech University. He directed the Photocommunications major in the School of Mass Communication and taught photography for the next twenty-nine years.

His photographic interest primarily lays in the distinctive environs of West Texas and the Llano Estacado. His photographs have won numerous awards in national exhibits and are in the permanent collections of the Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas, The Strathmore Mansion in Bethesda, Maryland, the Harry Ranson Center at the University of Texas – Austin, the Lea County Museum in Lovington, New Mexico and the Southwest Collection: Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
Thornhill and his wife now reside in Santa Fe, New Mexico.