Margaret Anne is predominately a children's book illustrator and has published over a dozen books in 4 languages. For a while she did product illustration for a clock company . . . but that’s a story for another time. In a digital world, Margaret Anne still works mainly by hand, with traditional tools to create intricate, heart-felt illustrations that are sometimes sweet, sometimes spicy, but always delightful. Margaret Anne was raised in the American Deep South but moved to Dublin, Ireland to pursue a Master's Degree at the National College of Art and Design. Being a dual citizen has given her illustrations a uniquely cheerful colour palette and a distinct femininity.
Margaret Anne has completed both an MA in Visual Communications and an MA in History of Design and Applied Arts. She serves on the Board of Directors for both Illustrators Ireland and the International Board on Books for
Young People Ireland (IBBYIre). She lectures part-time at
Ballyfermot College, where she founded the illustration
course (Higher National Diploma).
Margaret Anne (with Síne Quinn for Veritas) has recently
published Holy Shocking Saints, a spirited look at the lives of
12 Irish Saints. She has completed a third book in the best-
selling 'Pigin of Howth' series (written by Kathleen Watkins,
for Gill Books), and her fourth book, St George and the Dragon,
with David McNiven for Lomond Books.
Margaret Anne's next book, for which she was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland bursary, is based on her Southern childhood surrounded by nature. She nows lives in County Dublin, by the sea with her charming sons, rakish husband, and needy black cat.