Sarah Ashley Longshore and her creative hiatus at the lake

Sarah Ashley Longshore. New Orleans artist.  We all hear her name daily, read about her in blogs and magazines and and see her wonderfully large and colorful works full of creativity and humor. Wow she even has a billboard up in New Orleans right now as part of an International billboard exhibit around the city.

Sarah Ashley Longshore is an extremely fast emerging talent indeed and probably one of the most popular and loved young artists in the South, with clients worldwide from Brazil to Austrailia. This client base grows daily when people see her works on other people’s walls, recognise the young talent and the vivacity in her canvases and want to be part of the magic.

Sarah Ashley paints originals only, and every piece is hand painted and resined by herself. Part of her sucess is that her paintings are larger than life, but the artist is too. Sarah Ashley has an incredibly sharp sense of humor and a personality that is extremely outgoing, fun loving and warm. Her friends and collectors worldwide all love and support her and spread the joy and word about this fabulous young artist they have discovered.

Outside we see the glitter and glam of her works with subjects as Trophy Wives, Birkin Bags, Hollywood Stars and Champagne, she really is a down to earth and intelligent Southern girl.

Originally from Montgomery, Alabama,  Sarah Ashley Longshore actually studied English Literature at the University in Montana, and became involved with nature very much during this period in her life. Sarah Ashley likes to fish, go for nature walks and enjoy natural surroundings of birds and other wildlife.

She is not BEIGE nor does she paint beige. She believes you should model your house around bold colors and the art and does not believe in monochromatic color schemes and paintings that “fit with the sofa”.

What does Sarah Ashley do on her “down” time”?  Well I have been knowing Sarah Ashley for a few years now and I can tell you that you will not meet a more harder working  artist. Down time hardly exists in her life anymore, because she is so wanted as a person, and extremely determined as an artist and entrepreneur. She loves to enjoy great food and wine and travel is one of her biggest passions. A wee bit of a gypsy at heart, she loves to experience new cultures and actually immerse herself in them. She takes a month or two to Maui per year to paint in nature, and last year she took a month in my country of  The Netherlands too (hence her darker Dutch pieces a la “Girl with the Pearl Earring”). Sarah Ashley Longshore was spotted in the Vermeer museums, on the fruit and vegetable markets buying fresh flowers for her temporary studio, riding huge bikes with baskets of Dutch shopping fearlessly through the streets and jumping on trains to Antwerp to meet clients. As a Dutch person myself, it was a joy to see her adopt the culture 110% and become part of its daily routines.

In order to get new inspirations she travels (traveling creative hiatus) and to get many new works done for shows and exhibit deadlines, she actually ESCAPES from her studio in New Orleans and goes to her family’s lake house in Alabama. Sarah Ashley loads her truck up with canvases and paint and steals away for a week or two and keeps outside contact to a minimum.

We wait with abated breathe, as always to see her new collections and wish her creativity as always  !!