My Sister From Another Mister
Ashley Cassens is not only a classically trained figure painter who is obsessed with oil paint - she is also one of my best friends! She believes that paint is a conduit for touch in a digitally saturated world and this is expressed through the artwork she creates.
In 2006 Ashley earned her BFA from Florida Southern College and in 2017 she earned her MFA from Florida Atlantic University. Girl's got skillz.
By day she teaches Art at a Title 1 Elementary School and by night (or nap time) she paints meticulous miniature works of art.
She lives in Tampa, FL with her husband, their small red-headed human, Merritt, and their scrappy dog, Lucius Fox. You can find them watching Wheel of Fortune, going to the beach, and singing songs from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Ashley and I met on the first day of Kindergarten (no joke) as we shared a box of crayons and bonded over first day jitters. From that day on we were inseparable and to this day are still creating memories together. I've commissioned her to create custom works of art for my real-life client's homes (which has never ceased to amaze), so it was only natural I ask her to do some for the dollhouse. She enthusiastically agreed and now I can finally say that I have her talent in the palm of my hands. And you can too!