“Be true to your work.
Your work will be true to you.”
– Charles Pratt, Founder of Pratt Institute
About Kiri Østergaard Leonard
Hi! It’s a pleasure to meet you.
I’m Kiri, a fantasy artist, storyteller, and creator from Denmark, the oldest Kingdom in Europe. I find inspiration in folklore, history, philosophy, nature and life around us which I concoct into vivid imagery. I studied art at Pratt Institute in NYC and am now residing in Austin, TX along with my family and my three adorable cats.
I am particularly passionate about illustrating and writing my own two flagship stories Montague Mouse and Locke the Legend.
I draw and paint because art is my mother tongue, and my roots all at once. It is my calling and my purpose.
I am here to share these stories in imagery and words, and I hope they will bring you joy.
Nationality: Danish – born, bred and raised, until age 26.
Favourite Artist: Norman Rockwell
Favourite Band: The Dreadnoughts & Ye Banished Privateers
Favourite Drink: Coffee and Whiskey, usually separate, sometimes together.
Favourite Author: Stephen King
Tattoos? Yes, three on left forearm.
An adventure from a tiny village in Denmark to the bustle of New York City in the US
I was born and raised in the oldest Kingdom in Europe: 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.
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 reside in Austin, Texas with my beloved husband, where I thrive as a full-time creator.
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.
“Myths are the roots of our souls.”
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 three rescue felines (Minnie, Minion & Moxxi) and two rescue guinea pigs named Guineavere & Popchop.
I am represented by Elizabeth Bewley of Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc.
The Little Mermaid by Kiri Leonard
(Prints available in the shop)
Chen Bochui Int. Children’s Lit. 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
Collaborators and Clients
Flame Tree Publishing
Infected by Art
The studio is where the magic happens!
This is my sacred space where I can fully let my creativity come to life.
My studio is located in Austin, TX, among gorgeous wildlife,
sunshine, and felines. Come along, I’d love to show you!