Dean Morrissey has been drawing and creating characters since his childhood in Boston. Inspired by Disney matte paintings and comic book heroes 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 jobs until deciding to paint full time in the late 1970’s. 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” in 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.
Morrissey’s second book, The Great Kettles, was released in the fall of 1997 to great critical review and also won several awards, including a gold medal from The Society of Illustrators.
Dean Morrissey lives with his wife Shan, his son Ian, and his dog Henry on the South Shore of Massachusetts.