Ashley Smart

I have spent most of my life thinking about science and art. I am currently a neuroscientist at UCSF in San Francisco and when I'm not researching axon degeneration in fruit flies or engineering proteins, I'm spending my time painting and drawing. 

I like to explore, and I feel that science and art both let me explore the world. It's incredibly amazing that life exists and I find the detail and complexity of it beautiful. In art and in science I can figure out how things work and share the wonder of it. 


Photograph by Annie Allhoff

Photograph by Annie Allhoff

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, are interested in commissions or prints, or just want to talk about science or art.

Ashley has spent much of her life pursuing art. Recently transitioning from photography to scientific illustrations in watercolor, pencil, and pen. 

Ashley is also a neuroscientist at UCSF studying axon degeneration by engineering proteins involved in the process to turn on when exposed to light. To see a 3-minute video of her research: Death by Light.

       B.A. Neuroscience, Pomona College (2010)

       Ph.D. in Neuroscience, UCSF (2017)

Recent Exhibitions

"Natural Wonders" San Francisco Women Artists Gallery (647 Irving St., SF, CA); April 4th-May 6th, 2017

"UCSF Day of Discovery" UCSF Library (530 Parnassus Ave., SF, CA); April 12th, 2017