CRUMBLEBUM CREATIONS & ILLUSTRATIONS
Original art by Ashley Bray
I am a storyteller, artist, and therapist. I create both character and concept driven picture books with themes of empowerment, emotional awareness, inclusivity, and friendship. These non-didactic picture books are illustrated to illuminate everyday beauty, instill hope, and share joy. My work seeks to honor my reader’s emotional world, intelligence, and diverse world view. I have a deep love and respect for books that broaden horizons and bring families together.
When it comes to illustration, I often use gouache, colored pencil, acrylic, and digital mediums. I love vivid color palettes, strong emotion, fluid composition, pushed perspective, and the richness of texture.
As a children’s therapist, I discovered that art and imagination are invaluable tools, helping each of us to thrive. There are times in every child’s life that they will grapple with difficulty, tragedy, or simply the unexpected. Children need books that empathize with them, illuminate possibility, spark curiosity, and emphasize the importance of meaning making in a confusing and often overwhelming world.