Ashley Cecil


Our Pittsburgh Maker Profile series has been on extended hiatus for awhile now. This area is so rife with creativity that I feel I’ve been doing it a disservice, simply highlighting one maker a month really isn’t enough. So this September I’ll be highlighting a few dozen instead! You’ll know it’s a Pittsburgh creator by the little seal above that will mark each post.

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I first became aware of the flora-meets-fauna art of Ashley Cecil last spring when she created a line of scarves that sold at the Carnegie Museum of Art. She paints from live observation at renowned institutions, and marrying realism with abstract modern backgrounds is her signature style. Those two things alone garner loads of interest for me, but what makes it all work so well together is Ashley’s innate understanding of color and the way she knows when to keep it reigned it or go all out. She’s also working to save birdlife with an innovative window film that helps birds see the surface rather than fly into it injuring, or even worse killing, themselves.

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Print Edition: September 2017

Radical Women by Banquet Workshop


String of Pearls by My Deer Art Shop


Dreamy Houses by Kimberley Dhollander


Start With Yes by Anthony Burrill


Pink Roses on the Table by Pratt Creek Art


The Eruption by Hugo Barros


Starting Somewhere Now by Chipper Things


Dunes and Sun by Danna Ray


Black Lodgepole Pine Tree Ring by Linton Art


Modern Watercolor by Nancy Knight Art


Salman Khoshroo


Creating with a palette knife is one of the most amazing things to me. In this case it’s Salman Khoshroo‘s expertise of musculature and the human body on full display with his mastery of wielding a full knife of paint that has me in awe. If you notice, Salman’s using multiple colors with each swipe which suggests that there’s nearly as much work going on before he touches the canvas as after. Oh, and they’re large scale.








Sweeper and Funnel


I’m trying out this experiment – if my cleaning supplies are more pleasing aesthetically, will I in turn clean more often? Like would this very pretty and functional sweeper and funnel make me more likely to sweep up the furry tumbleweeds the dogs create or pick up the litter the cats scatter outside of the box? I say yes.





Hitomi Hosono


Hitomi Hosono‘s ceramics are rooted in both Japanese and European traditions, as she’s studied in Japan, the UK, and Denmark. (Whoa!) The super detailed foliage in Hosono’s current work sucks the viewer right in. And if you’re like me, at some point you’ll forget that what you’re examining isn’t the real thing.

“The subjects of my current porcelain work are shapes inspired by leaves and flowers. I study botanical forms in the garden. I find myself drawn to the intricacy of plants, examining the veins of a leaf, how its edges are shaped, the layering of a flower’s petals. I look, I touch, I draw.”







Rachel Goodyear


Rachel Goodyear‘s illustrations and animated drawings could be straight out of a book full of dark and obscure fairytales. Each beautifully thought out piece leaves me wondering about the story behind it all – did they come to her in dreams, an old family grimoire, or what??? Rachel’s mastery of form only adds to the enjoyment.








Paloma Rincón


It’s Monday! Let’s start the week off with something fun, shall we? Madrid-based, Mexican-born photographer Paloma Rincón creates her work at the intersection of photography, sculpture, design, installation, and illustration. At that confluence lie shapes, textures, materials, lights and colors all blended together in unexpectedly bold graphic compositions. Rincón clearly has the gift of creating dynamism in her still, harmonious imagery.

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Seonna Hong


Los Angeles-based painter Seonna Hong creates some truly mesmerizing work. I’m entranced by the way she focuses on both the big picture with those grandiose landscapes, as well as the attention to detail that’s paid the tiny people and animal figures. The best of both worlds, indeed!