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Elaine Ashburn
Digital Artist

Elaine Ashburn

Digital Artist


It all began at the Recycling Center in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
She noticed people leaving large objects - like old streetlamps and antique velvet Couches - outside the recycling bins. Shewas fascinated - to her they were beautiful objects that needed to be preserved.
Since she couldn’t bring them home, she started taking pictures of everything she found: ga-loshes, angels, glass bottles, tattered tarot cards and dusty jewelry. She was fixated and went back week after week for more. She seemed to have developed an affinity for junk. An advertis-ing art director by trade, her Photoshop abilities were very good at the time, so she started making collages. Her first few attempts lacked personality, but she was determined to turn these finds into art. Using her art school skills, the art history classes she snoozed through, and any-thing else she could conjure up, she stuck with it. Little by little, she discovered a pattern of in-terpretation and Digital Découpage was born.
Since early 2022, she has been using AI technologies to enhance her work. By
combining traditional art techniques with AI, her work has taken on a new dimension and the stories they tell are thought-provoking and deeply meaningful to viewers.

“No, I didn’t give up my day job—but my day job has influenced my art. For over 20
years I’ve been a creative professional in the advertising world; first as an art director
and later as a creative director. I’ve pushed people to go where they thought it wasn’t safe and now. I am pushing myself. I call what I do Digital Découpage.”


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