Ashley Cardinal is a female artist from Whitefish (Goodfish Lake, Alberta) Who started painting in December 2019 during a dark time in her life. She states that “Within art, I am finding healing and most importantly, my identity as an indigenous woman. My inspiration for my art is the love of my culture and the beauty that Indigenous People have about them. I love to Indigenize my work as much as I can with the teachings each piece represents. I enjoy making colorful, bright and unique pieces that represent my colorful spirit.” Ashley’s art piece below was a submission to the Orange Shirt Contest and represents the unity of all who battle oppression and fight against systemic racism. “We are stronger together” she states.
More of Ashley's art can be found on her Instagram account @artistic.resilience.