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Cris Arbo was born on Martha's Vineyard Island, Massachusetts, she received her BA from William Paterson University in New Jersey with a major in art and a minor in theater arts.

She worked in England as a background artist, tracer and painter on animated feature films, half-hour cartoons and T.V. commercials in New York and London. Studios included Jack Stokes Cartoons, Halas and Bachelor, Euromation and Richard Williams Animation.


Cris also worked as art director for the Dance Centre, Covent Garden, where she had been studying classical and modern ballet.

In addition to murals she produced advertising and illustration for their dance magazine.


She also performed as vocalist with the London Philharmonic and the London Symphony.

Cris lives in Virginia where she continues to paint murals, book and magazine illustrations, advertising and private commissions.


She creates all her artwork by hand, without the use of a computer.

She is available for school and conference presentations.

Cris places a special emphasis on the joys and challenges of being an artist.

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Cris Arbo:

Cris uses an array of media to create her artwork: acrylic, watercolor, pen & ink, and colored pencil. Her background in theater and animated film helps bring her work, and her presentations, to life. Adept in advertising, book and magazine illustration, murals, as well as private commissions. Cris brings a personal, photo-realistic touch to every piece.

Cris & Joseph

"Cris and Joseph Patrick Anthony are a
husband and wife team."

Joseph P. Anthony:

In addition to authoring three of the children's books illustrated by Cris,  Joseph has written a young adult novel, "Innerworld", about a young girl's journey of self-discovery. This book is available from Amazon  A former U.S. Navy trumpeter, his compositions for trumpet quartet and quintet are published at 'Music for Brass'

Awards presented to Cris Arbo for book illustrations:

"Read ME Agriculture" Program - Maine Ag In The Classroom - 2017.
The Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award - 2015.
Purple Dragonfly Book Award, 1st Place - 2015
Green Book Festival, Honorable Mention - 2015
Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist
(Children’s Non-Fiction and Children’s Picture Book) - 2015
Selected for Bank Street's "Best Children's Books Of The Year” - 2014
Virginia Agriculture In The Classroom - Book Of The Year - 2014
Teacher's Choice Award - 2014
Learning Magazine - Teacher's Choice Award - 2014
The American Horticultural Society and the National Junior Master Gardener Program’s -
- Growing Good Kids - Excellence In Children’s Literature Award - 2014
Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, Gold - Non-Fiction Picture Book - 2013
Gelett Burgess Award (Gardening/Outdoors) - 2013
NABE - Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - children's interest - 2013
Mom's Choice Gold Award - Cooking & Food - 2013
Children's Literary Classics - Gold Award - 2013
Next Generation Indie Book Award - winner- (Childrens Picture Book) - 2013
Purple Dragonfly Book Award - Honorable Mention (Children's Picture Book, Ages 6 & Older) - 2013
Florida Publishers Association -Presidents Award - Finalist (Children's Non-Fiction Category) - 2013
Living Now Book Awards (Gold Award - Children's Non-Fiction) - 2013
Florida Reading Association Children's Book Award Nominee - 2011
Mom's Choice Gold Award - Childrens Picture Book - Animal Kingdom - 2010
Smithsonian Magazine 2010 Notable Books For Children - 2010
Mom's Choice Gold Award - Juvenile Books, Series - 2010
LA's Green Book Festival Honorable Mention (biography) - 2010
New England Book Festival Honorable Mention (non-fiction) -2010
Missouri State Teachers Association Reading Circle Program - 2010
Skipping Stones Honor Award - 2010
CBC/NSTA Science Trade Book - 2010
Florida Reading Association Children's Book Award Nominee - 2010
Disney's iParenting Media Award - 2009
Nashville Book Festival Honorable Mention (non-fiction) - 2009
Disney's Parenting Media Award - 2009
The National Izaak Walton League Book Of The Year Award - 2009
The Moonbeam Children's Book Award, Silver - 2009
Virginia State Reading Association's "Children's Choice" List 2003
Parent Council, LTD "Outstanding Selection" - 2000
Virginia State Reading Association's "Children's Choice" List 2002
Winner of Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal Award for Children's Picture Books - 1998
McGraw/Hill ‘early reader program’ for New York City public schools. - 1998

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