MA, Painting, San José State University
BA, Art History, San José State University
Dennis Nolan was born in San Francisco, Calif. He attended Bay Area schools, earning a BA in art history and an MA in painting from San José State University. A variety of jobs followed, including painting for galleries, illustrating biology textbooks, and animating films. He has taught illustration at San José State University and in both the undergraduate and graduate illustration programs at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford.
Among the many books he has written and illustrated 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 Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Golden Kite Honor Book. He illustrated T.H. White’s classic The Sword in the Stone; two of Bruce Coville’s retellings of Shakespeare’s plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet; and an illustrated biography, St. Francis of Assisi, written by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. He also has collaborated with author and illustrator Lauren Mills on the illustrations for her story Fairy Wings, winner of the SCBWI Golden Kite Award. His most recent books are wordless picture books based on his own stories, Sea of Dreams and Hunters of the Great Forest.