Activism: In Watercolor

April 21, 2009

Ashley Cecil calls herself a “painting activist.”

She is one of the most creative social advocates I have stumbled upon.

Her approach is simple.

  1. Love art. Study art formally and work with it professionally.
  2. Travel to different locations in pursuit of “events of cultural interest.”
  3. Capture them, not with a camera, but with watercolors, oil paints, pastels..
  4. Sell the artwork.
  5. Donate a portion of the proceeds to the nonprofit corresponding to the piece.

The result is, as she says, a “marriage of painting and social activism.”

I find the concept almost as beautiful as the art.

Print of an Ashley Cecil original.

Print of an Ashley Cecil original.