Ashley Cecil graduated from the University of Dayton in 2003 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration. She began her career as an artist by forging relationships from her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky with private collectors including Congressman John Yarmuth, corporate clients such as the Brown-Forman Corporation, and nonprofits including Oxfam America.
Ashley earned her masters in art business at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art London in 2011. While in Europe, she studied with accomplished painters such as James Horton (President of the Royal Society of British Artists) and Thomas Coates (Past President of the New English Art Club).
After graduate school, Ashley moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she is now working on a series of new paintings that blend graphic pattern reminiscent of Victorian textiles with renderings of flora and fauna. This new body of work has resulted in participation in internationally renowned arts festivals, launching a line of home decor and fashion accessories, creating artwork for the label of a libation consumed by millions, having dinner with artist Kehinde Wiley, and talking face-to-face with President Obama.
Apropos of Pittsburgh’s industrial heyday, Ashley now paints in an old mine safety appliance factory, and assembles her various textile products by hand at Pittsburgh’s Techshop. She serves on several community art advisory committees in Pittsburgh and on the board of America’s second largest society of illustrators.
University of Dayton
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2003