Born and raised in New Orleans, I graduated from Lehigh University with a B.A. in Journalism. In 2002, I opened a local photography studio. My work has been featured at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, University of New Orleans Fine Arts Gallery, and the New Orleans Museum of Art as well as in many local and national publications. I am a member of the New Orleans Photo Alliance, American Society of Media Photographers, Arts Council of New Orleans, and Professional Photographers of America. Statuesque New Orleans, my first book, was published in 2010. I am a board member of the Monumental Task Committee, Jewish Family Service, JNOLA & Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and American Society of Media Photographers New Orleans-Gulf South.
Ashley Merlin is a New Orleans artist living and working in Metairie.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in 3 words
Sophisticated, Serene, Beautiful
Describe yourself in 1 word
What do you love most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
Any day of the week you can hope on a bike, ride the streetcar or go for a walk and you find yourself exploring or observing a new part of the city. Influences are everywhere - from the colorful people, historic homes, delicious food to the mighty Mississippi. I love creating art in New Orleans because it’s a metamorphosis.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I started making images in 7th grade and still have that excitement when you know you’ve created the winning image. It’s an awesome feeling!
Where do you draw Inspiration?
I draw inspiration from colors - whether it’s the pinks in a sunset, a deep red rose or the purple and green vegetables at the Farmer’s Market - they are all inspiring.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
The photography masters - Richard Avedon, Ansel Adams, Irving Penn to modern women like Joyce Tenneson, Georgia O’Keefe and Annie Leibovitz.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
I volunteer in the community for a number of organizations including ones focusing on social services, preservation and young professionals. I love to cook and frequent new restaurants.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
The four seasons: football, crawfish, snoballs and festivals.
What is something people don’t know about you?
A fun fact: A tradition going back to 1916 at the sleepaway camp I attended as a child was decorating a special tie with lapel pins and trading them throughout the summer. I continued collecting on trips, music festivals and from friends and now have over 400 pins.
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.
My photography book "Statuesque New Orleans" can be found in the follow locations:
Garden District Book Shop - Will need to call ahead to make sure book is in stock.
Maple Street Book Shop - Will need to call ahead to make sure book is in stock.
In private collections, at Where Y'art.net and by appointment at 3819A Magazine Street!