Ashley Barron - Illustrator
Ashley Barron is a multi-media artist who is best known for her paper collage work. She is the illustrator of several children's books, including Kids Can Press' Birthdays Around the World.
Ashley grew up in the Oshawa/Whitby region of southern Ontario with her parents, younger sister and their many pet dogs and rabbits. Ashley's love for books was ignited at an early age thanks to her mother, a preschool teacher, who kept an extensive collection of children's literature in their spare bedroom. Although Ashley was very much an outdoorsy kid, she savored rainy indoor days, which allowed her the uninterrupted freedom to daydream, read and draw pictures to her heart's content.
Ashley's love for art and literature followed her into adulthood. She graduated from the illustration program at Ontario Collage of Art & Design in 2007 and has been working as a freelance illustrator ever since.
Ashley lives in Toronto with her cinematographer partner, Kevin. Together they share a bright, plant-filled studio with their three cats and parrot.