Ashley Jones joined Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas last year as an Artist-in-Residence: Art Therapist, working as a member of the Arts in Medicine team to offer art therapy opportunities tailored to patients and the health care system. The goal of her work is to engage patients, at their bedsides or in small group settings, in the creative process as an antidote to the pain, anxiety, and boredom often associated with a hospital stay or diagnosis of a serious illness. Her work also includes staff education and development of the Arts in Medicine programs.
She runs an open art studio five days a week for patients, caregivers, families, and staff members. She also facilitates expressive therapy groups on topics like anger and frustration, to relaxation and self-care. Ashley took private art lessons throughout middle school and high school, completed majors in art and psychology at Austin College, and earned a master’s degree in art therapy at Florida State University.