A native of central Alabama, artist Ashley Guest specializes in original and commissioned works in a variety of mediums ranging from charcoal, pencils, and pastels to acrylic and mixed media. Versatile and entirely self-taught, she finds inspiration in cultural photography and portraiture, the capricious, emotionally complex nature of color and patterns, and the challenge of helping clients see their visions for good art become vibrant, valuable realities. Her influences are both personal and varied, and extend from family and friends like Lenorah Gibbons and Tom Findlay to big-name artists like Frida Kahlo, Mab Graves, and Ashish Hash. Her studio, Smooth and Mellow Art, has been moved to Monte D’Oro, a beautiful Historic Hoover suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, where she lives and works with her husband, Nick, and two sons, Reed and Eagan. She is an active member of the Mountain Brook Art Association and the Creative Collective at a2 church, and has contributed work to several local organizations and events, most notably the School of Rock for Cornerstone Schools of Alabama. She is currently collaborating on multiple projects with Copperhead Farms and is also founder of launching the Free Art Friday movement in Birmingham, AL, better known as Free @rt Bham. When she isn’t arting, she enjoys the excitement of music shows, the simplicity of time with family and friends, and the joy of giving her time and resources to those who need them most. For available pieces and commissions, head over to the Contact Me page to find the best ways to contact and follow Ashley and her work.