Kiri Østergaard Leonard grew up in the small village of Boeslum in Denmark, Scandinavia, surrounded by beautiful nature and a wide variety of farmstead animals. While still living in Denmark she attended The Academy of Fine Arts in Aarhus, before leaving her home country behind to continue her studies at the Pratt Institute in New York City. She now resides in Austin, Texas with her husband Alexander Leonard, where she thrives as a full time illustrator.
Kiri is also passionate about photography and animal welfare. She currently share her quarters with two rescue cats (Minnie & Mishu) and two rescue guinea pigs (Coffee & Bean).