Ashley Cecil
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ashley Cecil paints from life, rendering highly realistic birds, flowers and bugs over decorative patterns in rich gem tones. The patterns are bold, in the style of Victorian wallpaper or art nouveau (think William Morris). Ashley began as a portrait painter, but was seduced by textiles during her time in London, where she earned her masters in art business at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Fun fact: Ashley hails from Kentucky where she developed a specialty painting horses. One of her first jobs was creating images for Derby campaigns and liquor companies.

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Delicate Decay

Mixed media artwork on paper
Signed on front

19" h x 15" w 
10 lbs. 0 oz.


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This painting is a reflection on human impact on nature - a theme I focus on in-depth as an artist in residence at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Paint splatters in my sketchbook were digitized and fed to a laser cutter that cut/burned the shapes of the splatters into the watercolor painting - a visualization of the decay of nature. From the delicate rendering of the flora and fauna in paint, to calibrating the laser cutter to leave smoke on the paper, every step in the process was done with meticulous care.

This piece is on heavyweight paper. The edges of the paper are deckled but straight.

This painting required framing because of the laser cut design. The 19" x 15" paper is professionally mounted to red matboard. Both the matboard and painting are in a simple black frame that is 28.5" high, 20.5" wide, 1.5" deep and no more than 10 pounds in weight. The frame is wired on the back and ready to hang.

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