Hello, my name is Ashley Barron.

I’m an illustrator who likes to dabble in a whole bunch of mediums, but am best known for my paper collage work.

My illustrations can be found in magazines, publishing, advertising, animation, and window displays. I’m a lover of flora and fauna and so a lot of my work reflects this. You can view my portfolio at

I’m the illustrator of Owkid’s Math in Nature series, written by Lizann Flatt, Kyle Goes Alone, written by Jan Thornhill, and most recently, UP! How Families Around the World Carry Their Little Ones, written by Susan Hughes.

My up-coming book, Birthdays Around the World, published by Kids Can Press and written by Margriet Ruurs, is set to release September 2017.

Originally from Whitby, I moved to Toronto upon graduating from OCAD’s illustration program in 2007. My partner Kevin and I share a studio with our bossy but darling parrot Kiwi and three charming cats: Toy, Nori and Yeti. (And in case you were wondering, the cats and bird coexist like 4 peas in a pod.)

I have a second passion involving dirt, water, sunshine, and a sprinkling of luck. I’m a budding, self-taught green thumb who, year by year, absorbs whatever gardening wisdom I can in preparation for my future dream garden.

If you have any questions, would like to discuss a project, or just want to say “hi”, you can reach me at

Thanks for dropping by  :)

Here are some interviews:

 The working proof

The Image Interview



4 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Lucila Miranda February 9, 2017 at 3:49 am

    Hello Ms. Barron, I am Lucila Miranda from the Philippines and I was wondering if you would like to participate in an interview, through email, for my thesis?

  2. 3 Jen March 1, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Hi Ashley–my son loved Kyle Goes Alone. It was his favourite book for months. He would pretend to be Kyle and would introduce himself as Kyle the Sloth when he met new people. Our whole family loved your book. Your work made the story come alive. I hope you illustrate another kids book soon!

    • 4 Ashley Barron March 22, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      Hello Jen! And thanks for sharing such a sweet story about your son pretending he’s Kyle. That means so much and is so encouraging. I’ll be illustrating more books in the coming year, so I hope I can top the cuteness of a sloth! Thanks again! :)

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My name is Ashley Barron and I'm a Toronto based illustrator. This is my online show & tell of new artwork and anything else I find inspiring. Thanks for taking a look :)

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I’ve been waiting for the temperature to feel more frosty before posting this spot I made for @cwf_fcf Wild Magazine. It’s a craft tutorial on how to up-cycle a Kleenex box into a picture frame ornament. 🔗 What a month it’s been! Today marks the end of my IBBY Canada Joanne Fitzgerald illustration residency at @torontolibrary. I’m left feeling humbled by all of the kindness I’ve been shown and thankful for the many friends I’ve made along the way! 💕
And thank you, @kevincwwong for documenting my show, literally minutes before we had to take it all down. 🙌🎥🙏 I’d like to thank everyone for attending my workshops over the past couple of weeks, as part of my IBBY residency. It’s been so wonderful getting to know you and the art you make. I hope these bear prints will act as little reminders/boosts of encouragement to keep on creating! 
Thanks again! 🐻
#ibbycanada #ibby #torontolibrary #illustratorinresidence #joannefitzgerald #northerndistrictlibrary #torontoillustration #illustration Another little scene from Birthdays Around the World: Shinobu getting dressed in her Kimono to celebrate Shichi-Go-San. .
#birthdaysaroundtheworld published by @kidscanpress written by @margrietruurs Grade fours, standing at the edge of their paper collaged pond. There’s a swamp monster sporting sunglasses somewhere in there. 😎 October’s been flying by and so has my IBBY residency at the @torontolibrary . There are still two workshops left, so feel free to join me! Location: Northern District Library (Yonge & Eglinton) ps it’s free! ✨ My little adventure cat. @adventurecatsorg