Buffalo Heritage Press recently signed Iris M. Kirkwood, a Buffalo-based artist, to illustrate a forthcoming middle grade book.
We originally met Iris at the Western New York Children’s Book Expo, where she eagerly approached us about book publishing opportunities. After seeing her work, we knew she was the illustrator we had been searching for.
“It’s the face that drives my narratives,” Iris writes on her website. “If the viewer recognizes an emotion they will see a story in my drawings. I want the viewer to be intrigued by the story my work is telling.”
Iris creates gorgeous pencil drawings, and her favorite surface is manila envelopes. She self-published a book of drawings in 2014. She also works in digital settings, adding color to her art.
As a visual artist, Iris has exhibited her work at a number of places, including with The Haggus Society in Los Angeles, California; the Emerging Leaders in Art Buffalo at City at City of Night in Buffalo, New Work; at the The Arkell Museum in Canajoharie, New York; and more.
Most recently, Iris has been exhibited at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center in Niagara Falls, New York. The exhibition consists of pencil drawings as well as a ________. The exhibition will be viewable at the museum through May.
If you visit the exhibit and museum, you’ll see the magic in Iris’ illustrations and the reason we fell in love with her art! You’ll also learn the rich history that the Underground Railroad has in Niagara Falls…and you just may get a hint at just what kind of story Iris is illustrating for Buffalo Heritage Press!