Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and raised in Ottawa, Michael Ashley has lived and worked across Canada as well as on the west coast of the U.S.A.
Following completion of a BA in History at Carleton University, he sought a marketable skill and earned a professional qualification in accounting. Courtesy of a lovely severance package from the late, lamented, Nortel Networks, Michael was able to fulfill his dream to study visual arts, graduating from the University of Ottawa BFA program summa cum laude in 2008. Since then he has continued his work in photography and media arts and joined the Blink Artists’ Collective.
Currently an MFA candidate at the University of Ottawa, Michael lives on a park near the university with his partner, Julie Hodgson and their imaginary dog, Fluffy.