I  live in Cincinnati, Ohio with my husband Lee and my dogs Amos and Artie, who love spending the day with me in my studio.

My love of illustrating began at a very young age while drawing at the kitchen table with my dad. Since I was an only child, drawing became a favorite form of self-entertainment.  I remember sitting for hours drawing things around the house and later presenting them as gifts to my mother. 

Tammie Lyons - Children's book Author and Illustrator

After first pursuing a career as a professional ballet dancer, I decided to switch gears and become an Illustrator,  graduating with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Columbus College of Art and  Design. While working as a  staff illustrator for a major greeting card company I eventually became a  director of the juvenile product line. That is where I discovered that illustration was my true passion and left to begin a freelance career in the children’s market.

Today I have illustrated numerous books, posters, magazines, cds, games, clothing, and just about anything else you can think of.  I have even become an author with my first children’s,  Olive and Snowflake (Marshall Cavendish) .

Some of my more recent books include four new titles in a brand new series for emergent readers, Pedro (Capstone) as well as two new additions to the popular award winning Katie Woo Series (Capstone).

When I am not drawing in my studio you can find me at the gym (I have been known as a “gym junkie”), attending Cincinnati Bengal Football games  or traveling the world.

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Tammie’s Agent is Mela Bolinao at: MB Artists. If you have questions about commissioning Tammie’s art please contact her at by following the instructions at: MB Artist Contact.