Ashley Cecil is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based artist and illustrator specializing in paintings of flora and fauna that illustrate the interconnectedness between the natural world and its inhabitants. Her love affair with all things organic and wild blossomed as the result of studying landscapes with accomplished master painters in London while earning her master’s degree at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, immersing herself in vast collections of nature-inspired textile patterns in European museums, painting from live observation at conservation institutions such as the National Aviary, and collaborating with top-notch floral designers.
Her fervor for painting has landed Ashley many amazing opportunities including a six-month artist residency at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, participating in internationally renowned arts festivals, creating a commissioned artwork for Oxfam America that was exhibited at a United Nations convention on climate change, launching a line of nature-themed home decor and fashion accessories, creating artwork for the label of a libation consumed by millions, and talking face-to-face with Barack Obama about thriving as an artist entrepreneur.
Apropos of Pittsburgh’s industrial heyday, Ashley paints in an old mechanic’s garage retrofitted for her studio. From there, she creates her 2D works that pique curiosity about nature and foster environmental stewardship.