Chris Demarest - Illustrator
Hush that Hullabaloo!

Born in Hartford, CT, Chris Demarest was raised in Amherst, MA, basking in the culture a small New England college town afforded. His interest in art goes back to his childhood—both his parents having artistic talent, and his mother a former artist for Walt Disney Studios.

After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Mr. Demarest eventually settled in the Boston area where he began his freelance artist career working for The Boston Globe as a regular contributor. From there, he went on to work for several major publications. 

Eventually he found his way into children's publishing, which has been his career for over thirty years, illustrating over one hundred titles.

In 1996, he became a volunteer firefighter in a small Vermont town where he lived with his wife and young son. The experiences from that avocation led to the first of his adventure series, Firefighters A to Z, which was chosen as a New York Times Best Book (2000). He continued with two more books on firefighting before expanding to water themes. The first was a book about a boat rescue, Mayday! Mayday! A Coast Guard Rescue, followed by Hurricane Hunters: Riders on the Storm.

All his books require first-rate, first-hand research. He spent a year flying with the Coast Guard for Mayday! For Hurricane Hunters, he flew through Hurricane Ivan, a Category 4 storm. As an official United States Coast Guard artist, he was sent to the Persian Gulf in 2006 to live aboard patrol boats and document that experience on paper. Eight watercolors are now part of the twenty-five paintings in the USCG permanent collection.

Arlington: The Story of Our Nation's Cemetery (Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press) was published in 2010. 

In 2011, he began a tribute to the WW II generation. Five-plus years, over 150 paintings later, that tribute continues as a national tour.

Beyond the publishing world, Mr. Demarest has volunteered time at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, NH, in the children’s unit, doing pencil portraits of patients, giving them as gifts to families. He continued this work at The Children's Inn, a home-away-from-home for patients and families at The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. 

Currently, Mr. Demarest is at the Bainbridge Public Library (and surrounding libraries) as an artist-in-residence.

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