Stephanie Oplinger is an artist and children’s book illustrator living near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her portfolio includes illustration options for picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, and young adult book covers. She loves working with vibrant palettes while illustrating quirky characters who live and interact in whimsical and fantastic settings. In addition to a vibrant color style, she also particularly enjoys working a bold B&W style with pen and ink, drawing children, animals, and nature in fun, daily situations and interactions. Her work is primarily in traditional materials but is edited and adjusted digitally. She is an active member of SCBWI, an annual STORYSTORM participant, and a proud student of Mira Reisberg’s Children’s Book Academy.
Stephanie is also a fine art painter working primarily in acrylic medium. She enjoys working in the surrealist style, combining the fantastical with the familiar and sharing narratives and dreamy landscapes from her imagination. Stephanie endeavors to advocate for social justice through art, and has several projects underway advocating for the abolishment of human trafficking and modern slavery. To view her full body of work, click here to visit the full website.
Outside of her studio, Stephanie works as an NDE eddy current technician at nuclear power plants around the United States. (Despite common myths about nuclear power, it is currently one of the safest and cleanest form of producing our energy and is touted by leading scientists as one of the key solutions to hindering global warming.) Other past jobs include working as a paralegal for a criminal defense attorney and as a nursery worker for a garden center specializing in growing large, mature trees (15′ plus in height!) for transplant and landscaping. She lives with her family and their dog (a giantess Bernese Mountain Dog/ German Shepherd mix!) by the woods in western Pennsylvania.