Ashley Smart

I have always liked to observe things and to figure them out.  I think that is why I have spent so much of my life pursuing art and science. I feel that both art and science let me explore the world and examine the beautiful complexity of nature.  I get to find things out and share the wonder if it all.

In my art, I like to integrate the details into a meaningful image or idea. I find and value the precision and connectedness of nature and I like to emphasize that by focusing on the details. I primarily work in pen and watercolor though I am recently exploring gouache which I like a lot. Early on I was trained as a photographer and I also like to come back to that media occasionally. I like the subtle ways that different media change the feel of my work.

I am also a scientist currently doing a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University after getting my PhD at UCSF in neuroscience. If you are interested in hearing more about my graduate work, I participated in a three-minute thesis competition where we summarize our years of research in three minutes. The talk is here and called Death by Light.


 Photograph by Bryan Seybold

Photograph by Bryan Seybold

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.

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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