“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 New York City.

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.”

– Kiri Leonard, Artist

Quick Facts

Nationality: Danish.

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.

My Story

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.

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’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.”

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 three cats Minnie, Minion & Moxxi, and two guinea pigs named Guineavere & Popchop.

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

The Mermaid Collector by Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2018.

The Little Mermaid by Kiri Leonard

(Prints available in the shop)

Honors

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

3dTotal

AEG

ArtStation

Cricket Media

Dover Publications

Flame Tree Publishing

Humblewood

ImagineFX

Infected by Art

Llewellyn Worldwide

Mayfair Games

OXI Publishing

PAGAN Magazine

Paizo: Pathfinder

Privateer Press

Sulis International

The ArtOrder

VIKING Magazine

VØLSE Magazine

Wacom

XP-Pen

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 among gorgeous wildlife,
sunshine, and felines. Come along, I’d love to show you!

Studio tour

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