Ashton Despot


Ashton Shaw Despot is an impressionistic painter from Lafayette, Louisiana. Her landscape paintings evoke a sense of childlike discovery and underlying passion for nature. She applies acrylic paint to canvas through an array of brushes, palate knives, and sponges, working quickly as to capture the mood of a scene, rather than its exact likeness. Her fascination with light and its changing qualities is enduring. Through bold, short strokes and juxtaposition of bright hues, she accentuates the passage of time and spirit of a given landscape.

Ashton currently works on Magazine Street at THE STUDIO in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is open by appointment and welcomes visitors into her work space.