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Kathy O'Malley


  About the Illustrator

From the time Kathy O’Malley was six years old, when her grade school teacher praised her simple drawing of a bumble bee, art has been her passion. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Columbia College in Chicago Illinois U.S.A., Kathy embarked on a rewarding career that has culminated in her realizing her dream job of illustrating children’s books. Her style can best be described as “realistic whimsy,” and her detailed watercolor art has appeared in books, greeting cards, limited-edition collectibles, kitchen product designs, doll designs and more.

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Kathy has painted over 800 privately commissioned architectural home portraits across the United States. Kathy lives in Glenview and she works n her studio at home. When not painting, Kathy enjoys teaching yoga, tending to her gardens or taking long walks with her husband and two beloved standard poodles.


•Lazy Days of Summer, Sleeping Bear Press, 2007
•Prairie Numbers, An Illinois Numbers Book, Sleeping Bear Press, 2006
•Tia Nina, Learning Resources, 2006
•No Boys Allowed, Boyds Mill Press, 2005
•Five-Minute Mini-Mysteries, 2003, interior artwork
•Discoverer’s Bible for Young Readers, Zonderkidz, 2002, thirty illustrations of Biblical stories
•Animal Crackers, Mondo Publishing, 2002
•Doll Spin, Brown Publishing, 2002
•Five-Minute Crimebusters, Sterling Publishers, 1999, cover art and b/w interior illustrations
•Country Towns series of seven travel books; cover illustrations, interior b/w illustrations,
NTC Contemporary Publishing, 1999
•Oh Good, Scott Forsman, 1998
•Make a Tune and What a Day, Hampton Brown Publisher, 1998
•The Storm, Richard C. Owens Publisher, 1998; A Car Followed Us, 1999; A Fishy Story, 2003;
How Fox Became Red, 2005; Crows Collection, 2006
•Jennifer’s Journey, The Lefton Company, 1998
•My First Prayer Journal, Chariot/Victor Books, 1997
•Gifts from the Heart, Chariot/Victor Books, 1997; Christmas Gifts from the Heart, 1999
•The Nutcracker, Oppenheimer Publishers, 1995
•What’s So Funny About Being Catholic, Harper-Collins, 1993
•The Little Mermaid and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Publications International, 1993
•The Sights and Sounds of Christmas, four books for Publications International, 1992
•Baby’s World record book for Andover Books, 1984
•Designed Christmas stockings and tree skirts for Santa’s Best, 2005.
•Illustrator for The Bradford Exchange, concepting for various limited-edition collector’s plate series, 1984-1986.
•Designer for Elgin Clock and Home Products, creating home accessories, kitchen cannister sets, decorative wall art,
and other porcelain products, 1987-1990.
•Designed porcelain figurines, dolls, music boxes, and 24 Santa Claus limited-edition ornaments for Ashton-Drake
Galleries, Norman Rockwell Gallery, and Ardleigh Elliott and Sons, from 1988-Present.
•Created original artwork for Bountiful Harvest and Hummingbird Treasury limited-edition plate collections
from the Bradford Exchange, 1992.
•Designed Christmas/Santa gift bags, trays, plates, candles for ArtMark Chicago, Ltd, 1996-1998.
•12 original greeting card designs for Gallant Greetings, 2007, ongoing.
•Original greeting card designs for Carole Joy Creations, 2005.
•More than 800 privately commissioned architectural watercolor portraits, 1979-Present.
•Logo design, The Wild Boar restaurant, Palos Heights, Illinois, 1998.
•Christmas watercolor paintings purchased by Cape Shore and Evergreen Press greeting card companies, 1992
•Painted sixteen original greeting card designs for Paramount Cards, 1998-2005.
•Original illustration for ADWEEK promotional beach towel, 1999.
•Columbia College, Chicago; Bachelor of Arts degree, 1981.
•30 years of self-taught watercolor.
815 Glenwood Lane, Glenview, IL 60025-4021. Phone (847) 729-5311; Fax (847) 729-5347
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