The recipient of numerous merit awards as well as a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators, Dean is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, where he majored in Illustration and Advertising. He worked for various art studios and ad agencies in the Midwest, where he developed his unique style of using many colors in acrylics and mixed media. It was during this part of his career that Dean did work for such accounts as Proctor & Gamble, Dubois Chemicals, Anheuser-Busch, Kenner Toy, and Ross Laboratories. Ten years ago Dean returned to his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, and became a freelance illustrator. Continuing his colorful acrylic and mixed media style, Dean has painted great artwork for Sunmaid, the NHL, Mont Blanc, the NBA, Allstar Media (Dove Books) and the Colorado Rockies baseball team.