Hello, thank you for dropping by.

I am an illustrator and author of children's books living and working by the sea in Dublin.

I studied fine art at IADT. Since graduating I have worked in various creative fields, gradually leaning towards illustration especially picturebooks.

I enjoy the whole process. Particularly making early rough sketches, developing character, exploring the page turn, textures, colour and composition.

I am inspired a lot by the natural world. I use gouache and watercolour paints, chalk and oil pastels, many kinds of pencil, some inks, and bits of the computer too.

I love to bring fun and interactive story and art events to schools, libraries and festivals.

Some favourite things - old silent films, monster music, an endless supply of mint chocolate, trees in the wind, dogs in the snow, and birds just being birds.

“gorgeous illustrations.” - Sunday Times

“a pure treat for young readers” - RTÉ jr

“A glorious book” - Irish Independent


Arts Council of Ireland - Literature (English) Bursary Award, 2023

Teach Primary Book Awards, 2022 - shortlist (Puffling And The Egg)

Arts Council of Ireland - Literature (English) Bursary Award, 2022

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) - The World Through Picture Books, 2022 - selected (Where Are You, Puffling?)

Arts Council of Ireland - Agility Award, 2022

An Post Irish Book Awards, 2021 - shortlist (Puffling And The Egg)

The Literacy Association of Ireland Children's Book Awards, 2021 - shortlist (Wee Donkey's Treasure Hunt)

Member of Illustrators Ireland, Children's Books Ireland and the Irish Writers Centre

My journey into picture books The Irish Times

email: hello [at] gerrydalyart [dot] ie

Gerry Daly portrait