GALLERY (Clck on each image to enlarge)

My name is Marie Sanderson

I am an artist, illustrator/author, and musician living in Upstate, New York, where I get daily inspiration from the constantly changing landscape.  I especially enjoy the luminous and challenging medium of watercolor and also find a nice change of pace in using charcoal, pen, ink, or pencil.


I am drawn to a good and gentle story and find great fun in translating the story line into images that visually enhance the telling. Somewhere, deep inside, I suppose I am still eight years old, so illustrating the story seems to come naturally to me.


I am a member of the Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators

and am fortunate to have studied watercolor with artist Camille Doucet.

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Visit my blog for updates at the THE NORTH END

The south end of my dining room table is used for…well, dining.  But the north end, where the light is just perfect for painting is most often the site of a different sort of spread, as papers, paints, brushes, and a cup of tea vie for space.


Guests at my dining room table know that the hostess is pretty informal.  Consider yourself a guest at the other end of the table, where I will occasionally share informal musings and pictures of work-in-progress.  I am also looking forward to the fun of producing printable coloring pages every month or so for the child in your life and the child in you!  No booster chair needed!



Here are just a sampling of Marie's Coloring Pages for children and adults.

Click your mouse on the page to view it. then find the matching pdf title, click on it to print.

You can find more of these fun pages on Marie's BLOG, The North End.



The Golden Cap

By Sally N. Kamerling

Illustrated by Marie Sanderson


Marie has illustrated a new children's book by author Sally N. Kamerling, entitled

"The Golden Cap."  ©2016. It is available by contacting Marie and at


Summary: Etje, the oldest girl in a family of six children living in a small fishing village in the Netherlands, faces a heart-rending problem. It is the early 1900’s, and her papa has decided to take the family to America where there is plenty of work and opportunity. But Etje’s dearly loved grandmother, Beppe, wants Etje to stay with her in Holland. After much deliberation, Etje’s papa allows her to stay behind with Beppe and that choice leads to events which form the heart of the story.


At this time in the Netherlands, it was the custom for women to wear caps of gold, covered with delicate lace. Beppe's mother had passed it on to her. It was the one thing of value she owned and she wore it with pride. She decides to sell her treasured cap to pay for Etje’s trip to America.


To find out why, be sure to read "The Golden Cap." This beautifully illustrated story book for ages 6-9 is sure to be treasured and remembered by children, teachers, parents, and grandparents. It will not only clarify traditions of another time and culture, but help children understand the courage and sacrifice involved in leaving home for a new land.


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