Ashley Rades is an illustrator living and working in Minnesota. She has lived in Minnesota nearly all of her life takes time to enjoy all that the state has to offer. She is a true Minnesotan at heart and spends a lot of time outdoors. Camping, canoeing, or hiking with friends and family is one of her favorite past times and if she can bring her dog, all the better.

Ashley earned her B.F.A. in Illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is driven by her desire to tell stories and sees illustration as a powerful way to tackle big ideas. She was inspired as a child by children’s books such as “The Giving Tree” and “Good Dog, Carl.” Ever since it has grown from sketches in the margins of her schoolwork to a professional career. She feels that there are a lot of important stories out there to be told and hopes that through her work a few of them can come to life.

Previous clients include Fulton Brewing, Amberjack Publishing, Metro Transit, Minnesota Private Colleges Council, Minnesota Hockey, ARTCRANK, Posters for Parks, Target, and others.