Sunday Chores

$1,500
Chris Van Dusen
Sunday Chores
gouache on paper, 14x12" (framed to 20.25x18")

Toast Table

$1,500
Chris Van Dusen
Toast Table
gouache on paper, 9.5x13"

Butter Bath

$900
Chris Van Dusen
Butter Bath
gouache on paper, 6x6.5"

Family Portrait

$750
Chris Van Dusen
Family Portrait
gouache on paper, 2.25x3.25"

Belly Laugh

$900
Chris Van Dusen
Belly Laugh
gouache on paper, 6.5x6.5"

The Watson's

$850
Chris Van Dusen
The Watson's
gouache on paper, 6x4.75" (framed to 11x9.75")

Yeti Tracks

$1,500
Chris Van Dusen
Yeti Tracks
gouache on paper, 15.5x11" (framed to 21.75x17")

Bedtime Plunge

$2,100
Chris Van Dusen
Bedtime Plunge
gouache on paper, 16x22.5" (framed to 22x28.5")

Mercy to the Rescue

$1,500
Chris Van Dusen
Mercy to the Rescue
gouache on paper, 8.25x16" (framed to 14.5x22")

Hop To It

$950
Chris Van Dusen
Hop To It
gouache on paper, 6.75x9" (framed to 13x15")

Porch Visit

$1,500
Chris Van Dusen
Porch Visit
gouache on paper, 14x13" (framed to 20.5x19")

On The Couch With Mercy

$1,200
Chris Van Dusen
On The Couch With Mercy
gouache on paper, 7x13" (framed to 13.25x19")

Sleeping In

$900
Chris Van Dusen
Sleeping In
gouache on paper, 6x6.25" (framed to 11.25x11.25")

Baby Lincoln and Stella Endicott

$850
Chris Van Dusen
Baby Lincoln and Stella Endicott
gouache on paper, 5x6" (framed to 10x11")

Morning Paper

SOLD
Chris Van Dusen
Morning Paper
gouache on paper, 14x12.5" (framed to 20.5x19")

Jolly Musicians

$900
Chris Van Dusen
Jolly Musicians
gouache on paper, 5x7" (framed to 11x13")

Hark

$900
Chris Van Dusen
Hark
gouache on paper, 5x6" (framed to 11x12.5")

Hoof Prints

$800
Chris Van Dusen
Hoof Prints
gouache on paper, 4x11" (framed to 10.5x16.5")

This Way and That Way

$1,200
Chris Van Dusen
This Way and That Way
gouache on paper, 6.25x12" (framed to 12.5x18")

Even Monsters Need to Sleep p24

$1,500
Chris Van Dusen
Even Monsters Need to Sleep p24
gouache on paper, 14.5x11"


Bio

Chris Van Dusen is a Children's Book illustrator and author based in Camden, Maine. 

"I was born in Portland, Maine on St. Patrick’s Day, 1960. As a child, my brothers and I would spend hours drawing pictures. We didn’t have video games or computers to entertain us, so we drew instead. One of my brothers would sketch intricate war scenes. Another would draw animals so realistic you’d swear they were breathing. My specialty was aliens, robots and monsters.

Dr. Seuss and Robert McCloskey were my heroes. I loved the rhythm of Dr. Seuss’ words and I was fascinated by the meticulous detail of Robert McCloskey’s illustrations. I had no idea back then that I’d end up writing and illustrating children’s books when I grew up.

After high school, I studied fine art at The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and graduated with a BFA in 1982. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do. First I was a waiter, and then I was offered a part-time job at a magazine for teenagers. Eventually I started drawing cartoons and illustrations for the magazine and my career as an illustrator was born.

For more than ten years I worked as a freelance illustrator specializing in art for kids. I was doing mostly editorial work and my illustrations appeared in magazines like Nickelodeon, Family Fun and Disney Adventures. One day I started thinking about drawing a picture of a boat stuck high up in a tree. I thought that would be a really funny and intriguing illustration. At the same time, a refrain kept running through my head- “Mr. Magee and his little dog, Dee/ Hopped in the car and drove down to the sea”. The combination of these two things eventually became my first book, “Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee” which was published in 2000. I’ve been busy writing and illustrating children’s books ever since.

Now I live in a beautiful, little town on the coast of Maine with my lovely wife Lori, my two tall sons, Ethan and Tucker and a yellow lab named Opal. Life is good."