Now that Father Christmas has finished his once-a-year journey around the world, he – like most of us – has headed back to regular work hours and creating next year’s presents in his workshop.
“We all know about Santa Claus and his annual circumnavigation of the globe,” says artist Dean Morrissey. “It’s quite a feat by any standard. But what is a bit less explored is what Santa does the other 364 days of the year. All year long and right up to Christmas Eve, Santa is a toymaker extraordinaire. He’s up to his elbows in a labor of love, turning out magical toys at a pace and of a quality unparalleled in the world. With this portrait, I wanted to depict the master craftsman engaged in his work. Hearing the bell above the door, he looks up to greet his visitor. Perhaps the visitor is us, come to catch a glimpse of the making of magic.” – Dean Morrissey
Magical makings in the workshop must be well underway now, as the countdown for the next global journey begins.
We hope you received the gift of joy from Father Christmas this holiday season!
About the Artist: Dean Morrissey has been drawing and creating characters since his childhood in Boston. Inspired by Disney matte paintings and comic book heros 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 job until deciding to paint full time in the late 1970’s. He worked as a freelance book cover 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”.