Maura OConnor is an illustrator based in the rolling farmlands of Central New York. Working primarily in pen and ink, her work is influenced by a childhood of pulling weeds in her father’s vegetable garden, and a deep love of folklore and folk music. Her textural ink illustrations are inspired by the intricate details of the natural world around her as much as they are by the dark sweeping fantasy of an Appalachian murder ballad. Her work aims to transport the viewer to a whimsical, childlike view of a life spent in nature with a mysterious undertone of the supernatural lurking just below the dirt. Her work can be found in children’s books, on album covers, on beer cans and in galleries. She has been featured on CollegeHumor, The Boston Globe and HGTV.