In some of her paintings, it’s hard to tell whether Ashley Eliza Williams has painted an obscure geological formation or weather pattern of our world, or has given us a glimpse of her detailed imagination, filled with nature-based metaphor. She has a self-declared passion and curiosity for natural patterns and systems and an often-muted but never boring color pallet to match.

In her bio, she writes, “By studying ecological interconnections, we become increasingly aware of the tenuous relationship between human beings and the vulnerable ecosystems that support us. Learning how moss spreads, how clouds accumulate, and how bones grow can help us imagine future lifeforms and landscapes created when these patterns are disturbed. Disrupting these systems will alternately produce disastrous and extraordinary results. We can use these conceptions to alter the ways in which we interact with nature.”