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Scott Gustafson
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Scott Gustafson created treasures for the child in each of us. His paintings, as well as possessing a visual richness, are rich in imagination. "The nice thing about what I do is that both children and adults can respond to it. I want to make my characters' emotions clear to children, but I also want to create something that they can come back to as adults and share with their own children... something that might make them say, 'You know, I liked those pictures when I was a kid, but now I see even more in them.'" - Scott Gustafson.

Among the first artistic inspirations for Scott Gustafson were the cartoons of Walt Disney and the Warner Brothers. By the time he had finished growing up in Marengo, Illinois, Gustafson was convinced that he wanted to be an animator. He pursued animation throughout his years at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and Columbia College, also in Illinois. Not until he discovered the realities of the animation industry did he start to consider fine art illustration as a career option. "The kinds of opportunities in animation, in terms of subject matter and creative control, weren't nearly as interesting or rewarding as those of illustration," he says.

His classic, opulent approach to his work elicited immediate response, and soon his art was appearing in major magazines. His work came to the attention of book publishers, and he began to illustrate anew such classic children's books as "The Night Before Christmas", "The Nutcracker", and "Peter Pan". He also illustrated new volumes like "Alphabet Soup" and "the Animal Orchestra".

As Gustafson's readership grew, so did interest in his work as a subject for collector's plates. He has since done more than a dozen paintings, based on fairy tales and nursery rhymes, for the Bradford Exchange. Today Gustafson continues to explore the delights his paintings can bring to young and old alike. He works and lives in Chicago with his wife and son.

Print Shown: The Wizard of Oz

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