Douglas Warner Gorsline was born in Rochester, New York in 1913. Interested in art from an early age, he received his formal training at the Yale School of Fine Art and the Art Students League. Gorsline began his career in fine arts in the 1940s and later switched his emphasis to commercial art, particularly book illustration.
Gorsline was elected a full Academician by the National Academy of Design in 1947. He taught at the Art School of the National Academy from 1960 to 1962, when he began a long association with “Sports Illustrated” magazine, completing a series of commissions for the publication.
In 1973 Gorsline was the first American artist to be invited by the People’s Republic of China to paint and discuss art. He illustrated more then 24 books throughout his career, specializing in historical subjects. He also wrote and illustrated two of his own books, “Farm Boy” and “What People Wore”. His illustrations appeared in magazines such as “The New Yorker”, “American Heritage” and “Horizon”. Gorsline spent the last years of his life in France.