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"Louisiana Winter Carnival" 64 Parishes Magazine Cover, Winter 2022

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This illustration represents the joy of winter in Louisiana. In it, a carnival parade of animals — an opossum, bear, rooster, flying fish and an alligator-headed tin soldier — celebrate with music and cheer.

Denise Gallagher

Denise Gallagher

illustration of Illustration created for the cover of the Winter 2022 edition of 64 Parishes Magazine, a publication of Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. In it, Louisiana animals, from an opossum, alligator, rooster, bear and catfish march with musical instruments and flags.
Animals. Fish, Opossum, Alligator, Chicken, Rooster, Bear, Crab, Birds, Parade, Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow
illustration of Whimsical illustration of two children riding on a purple dragon.
Dragon, Fantasy, Bird, Crown, Cat, Children, Viking, Key, Purple, Green, Yellow, Folktale, Fairytale
illustration of I created this illustration for a limited edition library card for the Lafayette Public Library. The illustration features a child whose imagination has been sparked by a story and is engaging in a fantastical book party along with whimsical characters, confetti, butterflies, and a spot of tea.
illustration of A whimsical illustration of a young girl leading a circus parade of curious animals, some playing instruments, some wearing hats and some serving cupcakes and tea!
Animals, crocodile, alligator, duck, trumpet, tapir, coffee, butterflies, ape, balloons, strawberry
illustration of Picture book spread of an Italian folktale,
illustration of Whimsical pink carousel horse with circus dogs and stars.

Carousel, merry go round, horse, pattern, graphic design, stripes, stars, dogs, circus, pink, magenta, red
illustration of Illustration created for Cricket Media's
illustration of Illustration created for Cricket Media's
illustration of A warrior princess with flowing hair plays with an elegant swan. The princess holds a jewel above the swan's head and dips her toe in the water and waves. A stylized ancient building is in the distance.

folktale, fairy tale, myth, legend, water, jewels, diamond, viking, horns, statue, bird
illustration of Illustration of an elegant young prince holding a goat and riding a green snail under a moonlit sky. A purple, pink and blue castle are in the distance.

folktale, fairy tale, moon, stars, pattern, castle, animals, jewels, feathers, dagger, lantern
illustration of Illustration created for music packaging for recording artist, Deviant Folk.

devil, guitar, chicken, rooster, snake, flames, graphic design, hat, blues, folk, skull, music, packaging
illustration of A regal woman, deep in thought, holds her rooster.

winter, ice, princess, queen, saint, crown, floral, pattern, flowers, violin, trumpet, horn, key, bee, honey bee, crab, chicken, rooster, jewels, holly
illustration of The Queen of southern winters rides her brown bear and greets the animals who surround her.

Queen, winter, princess, royalty, south, bear, alligator, chicken, rooster, crab, flowers, floral, fruit, jewels, flag, pattern, blue, green, gold, brown, folktale, fairy tale, swamp, myth, legend
illustration of A regal woman rests atop her crocodile holding a gift of a serpent.

queen, princess, woman, crocodile, alligator, snake, pattern, floral, green, pink, yellow, folktale, myth, stars, crown
illustration of A regal woman offers a berry to her beast.

folktale, fairy tale, myth, legend, beast, queen, princess, strawberry, duck, bee, honey bee, jewels, dagger, stars, hot pink, green, gray
illustration of A saintly maned wolf is named protector of the reliquary.

animals, bird, crow, crown, saint, wolf, fox, dog, raven, jewels, key, icons, floral, pattern, folktale, fairytale, myth, orange, blue, tan
illustration of Illustration of a regal monkey riding a babirusa, or
illustration of Portrait of a regal goat.

animal, goat, horns, floral, flowers, patterns, design, stars, hand, bell, orange, green, blue, magenta, folktale, fairy tale, myth, legend
illustration of Illustration of a young boy, surrounded by purple and orange flowers, leading a tamandua, a type of anteater, and its child by a golden rope. There is a design pattern and a pattern border.

purple, orange, yellow, green, tan, brown, animals, bell


Denise Gallagher is a passionate author, illustrator and graphic designer. She has been recognized for these talents by such esteemed organizations as the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Print Magazine, Communication Arts Magazine, the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and the Society of Illustrators New York. Denise's writing and illustration style is a unique blend of whimsy and sophistication and she considers herself lucky to have a job where she can be creative every day. She would love to talk with you about the weather, your favorite songbird or something that you'd like her to write or to illustrate.


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