About Dennis


Dennis Nolan was born in San Francisco, California.  After attending Bay Area schools, he earned a BA degree in Art History and an MA degree in painting from San Jose State University.  A variety of jobs followed, including painting for galleries, illustrating biology textbooks, and animating films.  He taught illustration at San Jose State University before moving to New England to form a new illustration major at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford.  He is currently teaching both the undergraduate and graduate level, the later in the Low Residency MFA in Illustration program overseen by director Murray Tinkelman.  He teaches courses in drawing, perspective, anatomy, watercolor, and book illustration on all undergraduate levels, and introduces the thesis project to the first year students in the MFA program. His first book was published in 1976. Several of the books that he has written and illustrated have been singled out for recognition.  Among them are The Castle Builder, winner of the Prix de Zephir in France; and Dinosaur Dream, a season’s choice in both Newsweek and New Yorker, and an SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Book.  He has illustrated T.H.White’s classic The Sword in the Stone, and two of Bruce Coville’s retellings of Shakespeare”s plays, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and Romeo and Juliet, along with numerous other books, including titles by Jane Yolen, Ann Turner, Diane Stanley, and William Hooks.  He collaborated with author and illustrator Lauren Mills on the illustrations for her story Fairy Wings, winner of the SCBWI Golden Kite Award, and returned to the primeval past in Shadow of the Dinosaurs, which he wrote and illustrated.  Among recent publications are an illustrated biography, St. Francis of Assisi, by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., The Skywriter, by Dennis Haseley, and his own wordless picture book, Sea of Dreams

Dennis Nolan