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Ashley Cecil // Illustrator

Ashley Cecil is an illustrator originally from Kentucky, who specializes in painting birds, bugs, and botany. When you see her artworks, this much is surely loud and clear. Her love of painting these subject matters has propelled her to start her own artist in residency, painting at the Phipps Conservatory, National Aviary, and Carnegie Museum of National History. You can follow her DIY residency adventure on her blog.

Most recently, she has started to print her works onto fabrics, which are then sewn into textile products, such as scarves and pillows. In this chat, Ashley shares her journey as an artist – from Kentucky to the Sotheby's Institute of Art London to Pittsburgh – and gives an insider's look at the business of art and being an artist. Below are pictures from Ashley's studio, and the Kentucky Derby painting that we talk about in the chat!

If you like what you see and hear, support Ashley by going to her event, Art of Botany: An Open House of Art and Flowers, at Cuttings Flower and Garden Market on August 13 from 2PM - 6PM.

Ashley Cecil on the Internet

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