Sunday, 26 October 2014

The Métis are one of the recognized Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

Métis is a cultural heritage.    which depends not on how a person may appear. And Yes, there is a legislated difference between Métis & metis, however, again I would like to make the distinction that neither of them are dependent on racially based appearances. In no way do I make this distinction to disregard the very real and very damaging systemic and endemic problems related to racism. I wish to share light on a culture that is often dismissed, as not being an authentic culture, often accompanied by the dismissive question , " well, don't most people have some Native ancestry in Canada?". or " You don't look indigenous, therefore, you are not a part of the culture that you claim to be." It happens to be that people from all over the world have different appearances, regardless of their national state or ancestral heritage. One could take into account the indigenous people from other countries, Northern Sweden, for example, where the Sami people lived before a national state existed, these people also have a history of state enforced violence against them, as well as cultural and religious suppression, yet, within the Sami Culture, a variety of appearances can be found from blond haired to black haired people. Again, I make this statement not to in any way deny the facts that sadly, racial and cultural prejudice occur in every level of our society and country. What I wish to convey is that, no one should have to hide or down play their cultural origins just because they do not fit into the stereo typical or expected appearances of that culture or heritage. I feel this person, âpihtawikosisânhas has a well informed blog about historical and contemporary Métis culture in Canada, should any one be inclined to read further.

Law, language, life: A Plains Cree speaking Métis woman in Montreal

Watercolour painting by Ashley Zarowny, 2014

Friday, 27 June 2014


noun \ˈfe-mə-ˌni-zəm\

: the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities

  I like the word, feminism.  I identify with it.
 It's not my expectation that others need to identify as "feminists".
 I do personally identify with this term and much of the history associated with it, (but not all of the history associated with it).  I like the words feminism and feminist, and using these words with love and respect. I think, "person-first" is an also a great term, one I can identify with. Identity, in my belief is a very personal thing, something an individual has the right to choose and to change. To me, being a feminist is not about changing other peoples opinions, or getting people to side with me about this or that topic . but I do like to identify with love & courage as a feminist, despite the anger or misunderstanding that might follow such a declaration. I identify as a feminist who is pro-equality for all persons, regardless of there gender or orientation. 


Friday, 13 June 2014


A couple of weeks ago, showcased for display, 37 canvas painting were hung at Mad Factory Boutique Salon, located at 537 Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto, ON 


The original pieces will be on display for the duration of the Summer of 2014.

 Music has been the preoccupation this spring, as the warmer weather beckons movement, songs and friends to come together.

adjective: improvised
  1. created and performed spontaneously or without preparation; impromptu.
    "an improvised short speech"
    • done or made using whatever is available; makeshift.
      "we slept on improvised beds"

Monday, 14 April 2014

dedicated to happenings!

acrylic on canvas, Ashley Zarowny, 2014


Acrylic on Canvas, Ashley Zarowny, 2014   
Acrylic on Canvas, Ashley Zarowny 2014
Listening to Lykke Li, Painting with water colour and making unicorn shadows.

Antonio Bavaro (Conni Lingua) and Ashley Zarowny (Avion Azul) 

It's been a big month, full of back aches, pain, laughter, crazy parties, paintings, extreme weather changes, visits from out-of-towners, canceled plans, heart aches, surprises, adventures, new desires. Like Kate Bush's song, Suspended in Gaffa, " I want it all and I'm afraid of the changes...".

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The Snow Queen

The winter that just wouldn't let go...

Collage, Ashley Zarowny, 2014

Ashley Zarowny is a Visual Artist based in Toronto, Canada. She can be reached at

Saturday, 8 March 2014

March 8th, Athene Noctua

  I've been busy illustrating on paper most days, since I am out of a supply of canvas and at this time, lack the funds to purchase such art supplies.

These are two illustrations of Athene Noctua, or Little Owl.

Ashley Zarowny, 2014

Ashley Zarowny, 2014

Ashley Zarowny, 2014


Monday, 24 February 2014

February has been

collage, Ashley Zarowny, 2014

collage, Ashley Zarowny, 2014

Collage, Ashley Zarowny,2013

Painting, Light, Ashley Zarowny, 2013

Paintings on Canvas, Ashley Zarowny, 2013 & 2014

Painting for Matthew Lindholm, by Ashley Zarowny, 2014

abstract painting on canvas, Ashley Zarowny 2014