ABOUT KIRI ØSTERGAARD LEONARD
Kiri Østergaard Leonard is a Danish illustrator who grew up in the small country village of Boeslum. While still living in Denmark, Kiri attended The Academy of Fine Arts in Arhus, before leaving her home country behind to continue her studies at the Pratt Institute in New York. Kiri continues to reside in the city of New York along with her husband Alexander Leonard (and their two cats), where she thrives as a freelance illustrator.
Kiri enjoys working on projects that range from children’s books and fantasy illustration, to realistic portraiture. Drawing upon inspirations from her own childhood, along with nature, mythology, folklore, and fairy tales, her artwork tends to take on an imaginative and whimsical feeling, full of color and with occasional modern elements.