Rachel Shaw Ashton

Rachel studied at Brighton college of Art in the UK and after several years as a freelance illustrator went on to become a figurative painter and from there stumbled into paper cutting when experimenting with different mediums.

She hand cuts tiny paper figures with a scalpel and then pins them onto watercolour paper in scattered formations that become three dimensional forms.

Rachel is interested in the state of the human heart and through her work, she likes to explore two contrasting figurative forms, the ecstatic and the static. 

Euphoria, that ever illusive state we are constantly chasing but rarely feel, and resignation, the realisation of stillness and clarity, a coming to terms with whatever may have gone before.

Recently Rachel has been interested in making representations of the many beautiful wildflowers in her field in Suffolk and use these in her work.