Ashley Munro Scott
The Nature Gods have smiled upon artist Ashley Munro Scott throughout her life, nurturing her childhood and teen years in Uncle Bill and Aunt Aggie's rambling gardens filled with flowers, striped deckchairs and freshly baked rock buns and in recent years, nourishing her through love, loss and grief. Nature has continued to feed Ashley and painting has become her vitality. Her wildness has become abstract, her freedom has found form in flowers and home is the sea.
In Ashley Munro Scott's art we find a fluid, spirited celebration of her life and experiences. In 2008, feeling lost in loss, Ashley rented a 4-acre walled garden and created a cutting garden - 'Sweetpeas & Bumblebees'. Cornflowers, alliums, old English roses, Cerinthe, Orlaya, Parrot tulips, lilac and purple lupins, Poppies, Salvias, Penstemons....all taught Ashley about colour, love and landscape. Spring in a walled garden gives hope - everything rejuvenates. 10 years on and working in the Cambridge Botanical Gardens, and an easel given as a gift, gave permission for the artist in Ashley to emerge.
As loss once again weaved its way into her life, painting was ruleless, with a sense of freedom and a route around grief to retreat. Art has become the smile, the medicine - the food that brings tomorrow, colour that pours out of loved places and memories, bursting with energy on the canvas.