When it comes to paintings, biology is somewhat of a rare inspiration. While Ashley Shellhause technically sees horses as the inspiration for her series currently at the Upper Arlington community center, it's the science behind the animals' beauty that's the fundamental basis. Shellhause has owned horses since childhood, and decided to take a deeper examination of their characteristics through the book "Horse Color Explained: A Breeder's Perspective" by Jeanette Gower.

When it comes to paintings, biology is somewhat of a rare inspiration. While Ashley Shellhause technically sees horses as the inspiration for her series currently at the Upper Arlington community center, it’s the science behind the animals’ beauty that’s the fundamental basis. Shellhause has owned horses since childhood, and decided to take a deeper examination of their characteristics through the book “Horse Color Explained: A Breeder’s Perspective” by Jeanette Gower.

After reading Gower’s book, Shellhause became fascinated with the “leopard complex,” which is responsible for the Appaloosa breed and its spotted, leopard-like coat. The paintings are beautifully rendered abstract presentations next to formal sketches from Gower. The series is complex and challenging, asking the viewer to partake in a conversation about the biological foundations of life.