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was born and raised in the oldest Kingdom in the world: Denmark, home of the vikings and home of H. C. Andersen. It’s a small country spread over 400+ islands in the north.

Descended from old-world farmers, who worked the land with hands and horses, I grew up in a village of just 180 people, surrounded by beautiful nature and a wide variety of animals.

While still living in Denmark I attended The Academy of Fine Arts in Århus, before leaving my home country behind to continue my studies at Pratt Institute in New York City.

I was able to afford only one year at Pratt Institute. It was one of the best years of my life. After that, I was faced with the choice of returning home to Denmark or taking the leap into a career as an artist. I knew what I wanted – to be an artist, so I took the leap began my career as a freelance illustrator.

It has not always been an easy path, but it has always been the right path. Every day I wake up, I am so thankful I get to do this for a living. I now resides in Austin, Texas with my beloved husband, where I thrive as a full-time creator.

“Myths are the roots of our souls.”

I’m passionate about folklore, mythology, and its impact on the human experience. I’m also enamored with imagination, nature, animals, whimsical worlds, fantasy art and the psychology behind, which are topics I frequently explore in my work.

I’m a storyteller at heart, and am currently working on two book projects of my own making: Montague Mouse and Locke the Legend. In my work I combine deeper themes of life with adventurous, whimsical, wondrous visuals, and sometimes with a touch of darkness and mystery.

Beyond art and writing I am passionate about animals, philosophy, art history, cooking, gaming, and Dungeons & Dragons. I currently have the pleasure of sharing my quarters with four rescue felines (Minnie, Mishu, Minion & Moxxi) and two rescue guinea pigs named Guineavere & Popchop.

I am represented by Elizabeth Bewley of Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc.



Multiverse Investments




OXI Publishing

Flame Tree Publishing

Mayfair Games

Dover Publications

Llewellyn Worldwide


Sulis International

VIKING Magazine

VØLSE Magazine

PAGAN Magazine

Infected by Art

Cricket Media

Privateer Press



Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Award

GenCon 2019 Art Show Award

American Tarot Association Reader’s Choice Awards

Exposé Best Storytelling Art Nomination

Tarosophy Awards: Best Tarot Deck of the Year

CARTA Awards: Best Tarot Collaboration


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Montague Mouse: A Tail of Misfortune by Kiri Østergaard Leonard

Get in Touch / Hire

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or would like to discuss a project. I try to respond to inquiries within 2-3 business days when my schedule permits. Commissions start at $400+.

My schedule is currently tied up in three book projects, and therefore I cannot take on any more commissions for full children’s books. I am available for book covers.

Email: hello(at)kirileonard(dot)com

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