The Artist

Erin McKenna Nowak, has been voraciously reading and creating art since she was a little girl. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a focus on graphic design and printmaking from Alfred University in 1995. Working in New York City, Chicago and Providence, RI, Erin has been everything from a children’s book designer to the art director of several medical magazines. She currently works as a designer and illustrator and resides in Syracuse, NY with her husband and three inspiring kids.

With a whimsical approach to color, and using a fresh and layered watercolor style, Erin enjoys bringing stories to life in creative and unusual ways. Erin works to create characters with depth and detail, and highly narrative settings that make readers feel immersed in the book. Using words and pictures in concert together, her artistic goal is to present and resolve an author’s unique ideas, and open new worlds for readers. Erin continues to be inspired by the world around her each and every day. She is constantly sketching, painting, and designing, and cherishes every opportunity she gets to create.


Contact Erin
(315) 464-0349
by appointment only