Ashton Hill is the creator of visionary artworks she affectionately calls "fairytale surrealism" under her pseudonym Kettle Head Art, and a founder of the Pigment Sanctuary Art collective. As an artist, director, and event coordinator, she has made her mark on the East Coast creative scene for nearly a decade. Chasing knowledge from university education to master mentorship, from individual studies to collaborative practices, Ashton has followed her artistic passion into all the spaces that the muses have led. Influencing social change and community improvement have also been part of her purpose, and has exhibited itself in her involvement with outreach and gallery coordination. As director of the Pigment Sanctuary at events such as Mountain Music Festival in the New River Gorge, West Virginia, she has bolstered a community of artists that spans the East Coast. Ashton is currently studying under the tutelage of Master painter Philip Rubinov-Jacobson in the long lineage of mischtechnik, aiming towards apprenticeship. She majored in fine art, psychology and education in her college years and has expounded on her educational pursuits through a variety of self motivated experiences over the last decade.
You can find more about her and her work at www.kettleheadart.com
I am an independent filmmaker residing in Princeton, West Virginia. I have been involved
with filmmaking ever since I was a child making action movies in the backyard. Having had
experience in public television, I decided to hit the road with several friends to create the
Amazon docuseries: Wandering Down the Road. Now my passions lie with film making to create change in communities like Princeton. I want to lift artists and inspire viewers to live their passions. Above all, I want to capture the heart and soul of everyone who appears in front of my lens. I find that too often we miss the interesting stories that make us who we are because it can be intimidating to be in front of a camera. I dig to find the driving forces that connect us to ourselves and each other, while making a comfortable space for the interviewee. I believe that if we, as creatives, can show the world how much love is poured into our work, if we can show them the real us rather than a mask, we can inspire hope in everyone who experiences it.
My love for painting stems from the artistic practice my mother instilled in me as a child. It was the one thing that provided not only a way to escape in stressful times, but also a way to slowly manifest the world I wish to see. For nearly a decade I have been a live painter with the crew of magical beings that make up the Pigment Sanctuary. This is where I experienced the immediate impacts of the power that art has on individuals. I graduated with a BFA from James Madison University in 2016, and during the summer of 2017 and 2018 I continued my education with the Vienna Academy of Visionary Art. I am exploring all the different paths open to me, and while I’m excited to see where I go, I am thoroughly enjoying the journey.
Harrison Crawford visualizes the abstract fantastical world of deities and divinities and solidifies them on the canvas for their audience. Visually they are well known for their juxtaposition of the saccharine and satanic, personifying the invisible forces that guide human nature. In the same way, they work with ideas, pulling possibilities from a place of fantasy and employing an almost magical ability to create space for those ideas to be discussed and made practical. Seeking to be more than just the renderings on the canvas, they are beginning to facilitate an environment that is culturally and imaginatively intoxicating.
With few positive examples of success in their own life; growing up between Disneyworld and the Salvador Dali Museum in Florida, these provided the clearest picture of how to make one’s name and find a way out, and evidence of these influences can be seen in their art. They began drawing at the age of 4, with Disney characters they saw on their screen and their untold hours spent at the park. Seeing these fantasies made reality kindled a lifelong flame.
Real-life got in the way with careers taking time away from passion but art always incorporated itself into their life, whether it was sand mandalas with Buddhist monks (subduing your demons through the practice of a craft/art as medicine), or slowly working on passion paintings while pursuing their culinary career.
Eventually, with their career as a chef feeling less fulfilling, they came upon some artist communities in Baltimore, MD, and the surrounding areas. They saw people turning fantasy into reality and saw how it was possible to dedicate themself to their passion and they found and made a place for themselves there for around 6 years. This adventure brought them from Pre Schools to festivals, concert halls to grand assemblies, and eventually the West Coast at the end of 2018 until 2021 when they came to the Appalachian mountains.
Deeply dedicated to art, civically and technically, they sought tutorship from masters like Prof. Phillip Robinson and Mantra Cora, specializing in the Mische technique, as well as great artist citizens like those of the Riff Raff Collective. Helping to create a new world with all they were capable of in Princeton, West Virginia, they hope to continue to grow both exponentially and magnificently with new mediums, moments, and artners.
I aim to connect people to their own playfulness of imagination with my art. Whether it be whimsical, energizing, thought provoking, or reflecting of one’s own shadow work, I want to tell my story in hopes it can help tell someone else’s too. The human condition, I believe is, rooted in creativity, expression, compassion, inventiveness, and the ability to share it with the rest of the universe. I consider any art form, including our own selves, to be fluid, flowing within one another. Art is a noble contribution to our history, our cultures, and what could be.