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Erin O'Leary Brown

Erin O’Leary Brown is an illustrator based in upstate NY, specializing in children’s illustration as well as botanical and nature themes.  She works traditionally in ink and watercolor, and often utilizes digital media to make adjustments and minor changes or additions to the final illustrations.  Her style combines delicate line and rich layers of color with careful details and a sense of whimsy with the goal of sharing engaging stories as well as beautiful images.

Over the years, Erin has worked in freelance illustration creating art for various books and children’s magazines, as well as decorative designs, for clients such as Scholastic, Herald Press, Perfection Learning Corp., and Cricket Media. Her most recent project is a Christmas-themed tarot deck, The Yuletide Tarot, written by Kristoffer Hughes, to be published by Llewellyn Worldwide in 2023.


She received a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University, and an MS in Education from Elmira College.  In addition to working in the field of illustration, she has also spent some time teaching art.  When she was in graduate school, she discovered another wonderful creative outlet in ceramic sculpture.  Still, her strongest passion is drawing and painting, and she finds some of her most enjoyable and rewarding time is spent within the pages of her sketchbook, where she finds a sense of balance and fuel for creative ideas.  More of her work can be seen on her website at

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