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.

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • Often times I lose myself within the pages of my sketchbook. These empty sheets of paper implore me to dream my wildest dreams, and fill their span of pages with images from the fairy tale worlds I love to explore so much.

    As a child I was captivated by the images of monsters and otherworldly creatures depicted in the pages of my books. That fondness grew as I grew, leading me along a twisting path of my own imagination that only got curiouser and curiouser along the way. In my adulthood I am learning to keep one foot founded in reality.

    When my head is not in the clouds I am hard at work studying to better my artistic abilities. But in the end I draw because I have always drawn. It is the heading to the compass of my life, and I would be lost without it. Equipped with my trusty colored pencils and a crew of other medium I set out to uncover the mysteries that await me.