Bringing light and wonder to the world through whimsical paintings of magical things.


Laura Diehl is a freelance fantasy illustrator and visual storyteller who specializes in children’s and middle grade fantasy art.

Laura has been an illustrator since 2003, working with clients such as: Routledge, Continuum New York, Pearson Education, David Fulton, and Mattel. Her artwork has appeared on numerous books covers, in magazines, and even an iPad game. Additionally, her artwork has been juried into Spectrum, New Master of Fantasy, won the Illustrators of the Future Grand Prize, and was nominated for a Chesley.

All of Laura’s images are hand-painted digitally using a Wacom Intuos and Photoshop. Her work is known for its magical color, glowing light sources, and a touch (or perhaps a fat dollop) of the fantastical. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from James Madison University. Her personal art focuses on the whimsical with many of her paintings inspired by original fairytales that she has dreamed up.

Laura currently lives in the Washington DC metro area (VA), with her spiffy techie husband, and their adorable Sheltie puppies named Zelda and Link. Yes, from the games.

When Laura is not illustrating, she likes to devour fantasy books, travel the world collecting owls, watch Miyazaki animated films, bake ultimate-double chocolate cookies, and play old-school JRPGs.

She's always looking for new and interesting projects! You can reach her via e-mail at:

 Zelda & Link, my studio Shelties-at-large.

Zelda & Link, my studio Shelties-at-large.