Noted for his equestrian and jazz subjects, Frank Ashley was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on March, 17, 1920. He grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and studied at the University of Minnesota.
During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps, and while stationed in London, England, attended St. Martins School of Art. In 1945 he was discharged with the rank of captain. Upon his return to the United States, Ashley continued his studies at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois, and then at the Minneapolis Art Institute until 1947. He then moved to New York City where he studied with Reginald Marsh at the Art Students' League of New York, also acting as Marsh's assistant.
In 1955 he marrie
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