I am pleased to announce that I just signed a contract with Eerdmans publishing for my proposed book project, THE GOLDEN KEY by George MacDonald. I will spend the next year (at least) working on 40-45 more scratchboard illustrations, and the book will hopefully be published in 2016. Here are a few examples of the scratchboard technique I am using to illustrate the story. This is a method I am thoroughly enjoying as this project advances. Golden-Key_Mossy-finds-key Golden Key_p.13 Below is another scratchboard illustration for the book entitled Descent, which was also featured in the latest issue of SPECTRUM, a published book featuring the latest in fantasy art juried by professionals. It also recently won a SILVER AWARD from Infected By Art online art competition. GOLDEN-KEY-p_94-791x1024    

Rockwell Exhibit Extended to March 18th


I am happy to announce that the Norman Rockwell Museum has extended my show through Tuesday, March 18tth! 40 years ago I was about to graduate from art school, and never dreamed my work would some day hang on the main floor of The Norman Rockwell Museum in a solo exhibition. Many thanks to those who attended the show and to my friends and friends and family for their support. Speaking of friends, here are some pictures of a visit the Western Massachusetts Illustrators' Guild made to the show recently. A good time was had by all! IMG_2532 IMG_2535 IMG_2536 IMG_2537

GOLDEN DREAMS available In Shops…with a bonus!


I am pleased to announce that you can now order a copy of my new 224-page art book, GOLDEN DREAMS, The Art of Ruth Sanderson in the SHOPS area of my website. We will begin shipping in early December. The book will feature hundreds of pictures from almost 40 years of illustration and fantasy art. And with every art book purchased in November, you will receive a FREE 8.5" x 11" print of The Snow Princess & The Polar Bear!  Scroll down to see the cover and a few pages from the bookSnow Princess p8_9If you like princesses, you might be interested in my 2014 FAIRY TALE PRINCESSES calendar. The link is on the right. Golden Dreams final coverArt Book_406-47Art Book_116-117CArt Book_78_79Art Book_126-127AArt Book_Golden Wood

October 2013 NEWS


My art book, GOLDEN DREAMS, is off to the printer!

After over two months of work by myself, Michael Nelson the cover designer, and production by Judy Gonyeau, my 224-page art book is finally at the printer in Texas. I am more nervous about this than about any other project, as I am solely responsible for the end product. I am so grateful for finding about about Kickstarter, which I used to fund the printing costs.

Below are some sample spreads from the book, and the cover design. I was thrilled to get blurbs for the back cover from noted illustrators Paul Zelinsky and Charles Vess, and a lovely quote from the chief curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum, where I have an upcoming solo show from Dec 7, 2013-Mar 9, 2014.

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September, 2013 News



I am moving my website to WordPress next month, and the home page news will become a blog format, where folks are welcome to leave comments. I will be moving to a Mailchimp Newsletter service as well, as I understand it is not a good idea to send these things from a personal email account. Getting with the times. Just a bit. I have started a Pinterest account, and plan to make some boards. A bit of Twittering.


Working madly this month on the art book. Below is a spread, with pictures from Sleeping Beauty, out of print since 1990.

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August, 2013 News


Kickstarter Success!
My kickstarter  project GOLDEN DREAMS, THE Art of Ruth Sanderson, was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who supported the project - my dream of creating an art book will become a reality. It will be 224 pages, with over 250 illustrations. I'll post updates here when the design is complete, and when the book will be available for pre-orders.
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Here is the cover design for the book! Jane Yolen was very kind to do a foreword for me.
carouselEvery summer I have been asked to illustrate the annual Lenox Holiday plate for the following year. I just finished a Winter Carousel for 2014, above, an unusual theme to be sure, but fun to imagine and to paint. They will be releasing a carousel ornament and wanted me to use a similar holly motif in my design.
This year’s Lenox plate will be a “Bringing Home the Christmas Tree” image. When they send me a catalog link in the fall, I’ll post it here, for anyone interested. I have been doing these for over 10 years, and you can find most of the past ones on ebay.

June, 2013 News


For many years I'm been dreaming of doing an art book that would collect over 35 years of my illustrations into one volume.

GOLDEN DREAMS, The Art of Ruth Sanderson, is a proposed 224-page full color hardcover book that will do just that, with your help!

Kickstarter is a new website designed for people to help raise the funds needed for creative projects, such as self-publishing an art book, with people pledging for "rewards" -i.e the published book and other goodies.  A number of my friends have been successful at doing this, so I thought I'd give it a try!

Here's the link -

Thanks so very much for taking a look!

I will be posting a few mock-ups of spreads that will be in the book to give you an idea of the design. Here is one from the chapter on Nancy Drew:

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