Dark Folk-Inspired Illustrations by Katy Horan

Murder ballads are as gruesome as they sound but can also be hauntingly beautiful. Artist Katy Horan illustrated two classic tales – The Dreadful Wind and Rain And The Bloody Gardener. Image by image, she tells the stories through folk-inspired style and moody scenes.

Horan has earned her BFA in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003. Her work has been featured in many exhibitions around the US and Canada and in several books and publications. She lives and works in Austin, Texas.

Horan has completed “two painting residencies at The Vermont Studio Center and was a finalist for the 2015 Hunting Art Prize. She is also the illustrator of Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers, written by Taisia Kitaiskaia and published by Seal Press,” her website reveals.

Check out her work below.