Dean Morrissey has been drawing and creating characters
since his childhood in Boston. Inspired by Disney matte paintings
and comic book heros early on, he grew to appreciate the works
of the masters, such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Pyle and N.C. Wyeth.
Morrissey worked a variety of job until deciding to paint
full time in the late 1970s. He worked as a freelance
bookcover illustrator for over 15 different publishers in
New York and won numerous awards. Morrissey is self taught,
and considers the demands of cover illustration to have been
his art school.
In 1991, Morrissey began to paint some images from a story
that he was creating. Three years later, those visions were
realized with the publication of his beautifully illustrated
book Ship of Dreams. Ship won numerous awards, including The
New YorK Times Ten Best Illustrated Books of 1994.
It also reached no.3 on the NY Times Bestseller List. Saks
Fifth Avenue has used the story and images for its famous
Holiday windows, and a movie theater in Orlando is being themed
after Ship including a fully realized Sandmans ship
(26ft x43ft) that will be hanging in the lobby.
Morrisseys second book, The Great Kettles, was released
in the fall of 1997 to great critical review. It too has won
awards, including a gold medal from The Society of Illustrators.
Morrissey has also illustrated The Song of Celestine, a childrens
book inspired by James Redfields Celestine Prophecy.
Song was release in the fall of 1998 by Little, Brown and
Morrissey has recently completed a new picture book, The
Christmas Ship, to be published by Harper Collins in fall
2000. There will also be a chapter book, The Moon Robber published
Morrissey lives with his wife Shan and his son on the South
Shore of Massachusetts.