We all know I am a big fan of Ashley Provencher's work. For years we have stocked her oceans capes and abstracts, ornaments and now umbrella lined beaches series which has of course been another smash hit for us! With a new collection dropping just in time for our Holiday Open House I thought it would be great to learn a little more from our talented artist friend XO Kristen
ONE WHERE DO YOU LIVE AND WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO NEWPORT?
Boston! (in the Seaport) My connection to Newport is that my best friend (just recently my maid of honor) lives in Newport! I've been visiting Newport since college with her and have always loved the small town charm it has.
TWO WHAT ARE THREE THINGS YOU CANNOT TRAVEL WITHOUT?
My phone so I can take a MILLION photos of anything and everything I see. My hubby he's my number one and favorite travel partner. A fun, bright, gorgeous dress - there will always be a chance to wear one and if there isn't, just make one.
THREE WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT THIS YEAR?
Getting married to the most amazing man I've ever met - throwing our dream wedding and being blessed to have all of our loved ones with us to share the big day with.
FOUR TELL ME SOMETHING PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO HEAR ABOUT YOU?
I'm trying to go to all 50 states! I've been to 25 so half way to go!
FIVE WHAT IS IT THAT BRINGS YOU THE MOST INSPIRATION?
I'm inspired by the ocean, the beach, being anywhere near the water. The ocean itself is such a mystery and can hold so many secrets. I love how tranquil the ocean can be and how I can form that into a painting.
SIX WHAT IS YOUR GO TO ITEM TO BRING TO A DINNER PARTY? An extravagant cheese board - with all the fixings!
SEVEN WHAT'S THE PROJECT YOU ARE WORKING ON NOW THAT YOU ARE MOST EXCITED ABOUT?
I'm working on creating extra large pieces of my "Views from Above" (Umbrella pieces) I love the look of the smaller sized works but I think larger pieces can really give the feel of actually looking down at a beach and dreaming about sitting in the warm sand and enjoying the sea salt breeze.
EIGHT WHERE IS A PLACE YOU WANT TO VISIT BUT HAVEN'T?
I'd say fiji but I'm going there this March! So Greece is next on my list - I love all places that are right on the ocean - so much inspiration!
NINE IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WAN TO PROMOTE?
My "View from Above" pieces - there my new series i've been creating the last couple months and I think they're so fun and playful and perfect for any beach home!
TEN WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF CAREER ADVICE?
Stay postive and keep making what you love - they're will be people out there who love it just as much as you do! Don't give up!
Photos: Ashley Provencher
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