Lisel Jane Ashlock grew up in Northern California, but her move to New York City made her even more determined to explore the natural world in her illustration work. She meticulously renders foliage, animals, and landscapes, so that she can then carve the small studies into building blocks for a larger subject. Every single natural element strains to tell the story behind the painting, and her portraits feel all the more human for it.
Lisel is one of our featured illustrators for Paper Darts Volume 4. An excerpt from her interview from the magazine can be found below. Make sure to visit her gorgeous new website for context for the illustrations and to drown yourself in more of her insanely beautiful work. Also, do not miss her delightful answers to our contributor questions.