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2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts: Featured Artists

Figment flies over Spaceship Earth to watch fireworks burst over World Showcase Lagoon

Discover nearly 90 renowned artists whose captivating works are on display at locations throughout Epcot.

A drawing of Mickey and Minnie in safari clothes floating by a gorilla, giraffe, elephant and lion

Disney Artist Festival Market

Enjoy works featuring a variety of artistic styles and media created by Disney Cast Members and Visiting Artists.

Rosemary Begley
Since 2011, Rosemary has been focusing her Disney work on the magnificence, magic and beauty of Theme Park and Cruise Line scenes. The majesty and splendor of the Cinderella Castle, the vibrancy of Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel—along with a deep appreciation of Disney musicals—combine to inspire her paintings of scenes we see and love at Disney.

Brian Blackmore
Brian always dreamed of working for his childhood hero, Walt Disney. Every Sunday evening he watched “Uncle Walt” on The Wonderful World of Color. It was during those times that he developed an insatiable appetite for drawing Disney characters. Blackmore likes to refer to himself as Disney’s unofficial Land, Sea, and Air Artist, because his Mickey appears on the bow of the Disney Cruise Ship “Dream” as well as on the Disney’s Magical Express motorcoach, along with the fact that helped create the sailor Mickey balloon for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Doug Bolly
Doug began his career creating realistic portrayals of marine life and wildlife in masterfully crafted environments of perspective and light. He has created collaborative, creative works for numerous attractions at all Walt Disney World theme parks as well as for Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club and Walt Disney Imagineering. Doug has both designed and built themed rooms for the ABC show, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

David Buckley
David is originally from the great city of Cleveland. Growing up, if he wasn't watching Super Hero cartoons or building robots, he was drawing and painting. He is now a principal graphic designer for Walt Disney Imagineering, where he has been designing environmental graphics since 1999. If you've visited any Disney theme park, Resort hotel or cruise ship, you've probably seen the results of his handiwork. David still builds robots and creates whimsical paintings in his spare time. Since 2007, he has been bringing his playful art style to Disney galleries with his interpretations of Disney characters and attractions.

Morgan Ditta
Before Morgan could even write it properly without reversing the “D,” her family knew she was destined for Disney. Originally wanting a job in animation, she switched to a different career path when she designed her own Walt Disney World parade for her 2012 Animation/Illustration senior project. It was then that she knew she wanted to be a theme park designer. In 2013, she took a dive headfirst into that industry with a 2-year internship with Walt Disney Imagineering as an associate show designer. Morgan continues to work in the theme park industry full-time, designing attractions and experiences around the world.

Will Gay
Will Gay is a painter, illustrator and graphic designer. As a creative director at Disney’s Yellow Shoes, Will is tasked daily with leading a talented team of art directors, copywriters and designers in the field of advertising. His latest paintings are realized in the evenings at his home studio. Will is influenced by a combination of pop culture, street art, graphic design and skateboarding. Since his debut at the Festival of the Masters in 2009, he has continued to interpret iconic characters like Mickey Mouse and others in new and intriguing ways.

Kim Gromoll
Kim is an illustrator, designer and painter who lives in Orlando. Kim has designed attractions, shows and parades, for all of the major theme parks in the area. For Disney, Kim has designed Queen Elsa’s Float for The Frozen Summer Parade, the stage set for the 20th Anniversary of the Lion King Show and the stage for Mr. Oogie Boogie’s Funky Freakhouse Show for Villains Night. He has 6 limited-edition prints for Lucasfilm featuring Star Wars. Two of his original Star Wars paintings have been purchased by George Lucas himself. His painting of IllumiNations at Epcot was chosen for the Festival of the Arts 2019 poster.

Kent Hammerstrom
Kent Hammerstrom believes there is a unique design and style for everyone and everything. He has been associated with the Disney Company in a variety of ways, including working as an animator on such classics as Hercules, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He has also painted portraits on Main Street, U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom park and had the dubious honor of animating Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Kent is delighted to be working with Disney again and to use his abilities as a painter and animator to produce work that will captivate and inspire people to see the beauty that is around them—and take it home with them!

Joe Kaminski
Joe started his career as a writer for Yellow Shoes Creative Group—Disney Parks and Resorts’ internal ad agency. Surrounded by a world of creative Disney influences, Joe began using found office supplies, teaching himself to draw and paint Disney characters. He has won 6 Disney Festival of the Masters art competitions. His work is featured in the Art of Disney galleries and he is also a proud member of the Disney Cruise Line gallery of artists.

Rob Kaz
Drawing from his background in professional studio animation and video game art, Rob Kaz has proven that he understands how to create powerful imagery in many mediums. As a fine art painter, his keen sense of composition and expert use of color and light have made him one of the most popular up-and-coming Disney artists.

Kevin-John's art has been showcased at major events like the Super Bowl, on TV networks including ESPN, ABC, Spike TV and The Golf Channel and at Walt Disney World Resort. Never limiting his style or subject matter, Kevin-John has been commissioned to create art for some of the biggest brands in the world. He is currently a contributor to the fine art program featured at Disney park galleries and has realized his childhood dream of creating fine art for Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise.

Patty Landing
Patty Kitt Landing’s love of painting began in high school and she pursued that passion at Mount Marty College in South Dakota. She worked as a graphic designer/art director in Los Angeles for 13 years before moving with her husband Bruce to Orlando. She served as a graphic designer/creative manager for Disney Design Group until her retirement in 2017. Her acrylic paintings take inspiration from her environment, translating it into whimsical and brightly colored pieces using simple imagery filled with patterns and verbiage. Influenced by pop art, she finds beauty in the ordinary. Her oil paintings reflect a contemporary realism art style.

Alex Maher
Alex was born in Miami and started drawing at an early age. He began his art career as an illustrator-draftsman aboard a United States Navy ship. With encouragement, he moved his family to Orlando in the summer of 1991 to pursue his dream of becoming a Disney artist. Beginning as a contract artist, he finally achieved his lifelong dream when he was hired as a full-time senior character artist with Walt Disney Attractions Merchandise in 1993.

Tim McCloskey
Tim is a sculptor who blends the elements of nature with high-tech ideals. Tim is actually color-blind—his artwork reflects his unique perspective, often focused on the interplay between light, texture and dimension. Born and raised in rural central Pennsylvania, he studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Temple University and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Messiah College in 2001. Tim moved to Orlando in 2004 to work for the Walt Disney Company as a digital interactive developer.

Brett Owens
Brett Owens is a Sr. Graphic Designer with Disney Parks Live Entertainment, specializing in illustration, concept art and character art. Brett creates many different types of artwork all around Walt Disney World Resort but his favorite project to date was working on the Happily Ever After poster currently on display in Magic Kingdom park. He studies the artwork of Disney films and gains much of his inspiration from Walt’s original artists. Drawing and painting the scenes and the characters he loves is how he is able to connect to the ones that inspired him to dream to work for Disney.

Jason Peltz
Jason graduated Carnegie Mellon University with an Illustration degree, which he put to use in New York City at Jim Henson Productions, Marvel Comics and Disney Consumer Products. After gaining some valuable industry experience, Jason came to Disney in Orlando to work for Feature Animation. Some of his feature film credits include Hercules, Mulan, Tarzan, Lilo & Stitch, Emperor's New Groove and The Lion King! He spent over a decade as a full time freelancer, sculpting and illustrating for such major clients as Disney Publishing, Disney Entertainment Design, Imagineering and many others. Jason is currently working with Disney Creative Group as a character artist, designing merchandise for Disney Parks.

Don “Ducky” Williams
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Don’s desire to be a Disney artist intensified as he grew up. Throughout his artistic career, Don still yearned to be with Disney and spent much of his spare time drawing and painting Disney characters. In 1980, Don quit his job and followed his dream to Florida. Now, after years with Walt Disney Resorts Marketing, the acclaimed senior character artist, has created literally thousands of Disney character illustrations for books, lithographs, brochures, magazine ads, theme park images and television and is a guest presenter aboard Disney Cruise Line ships.

Darren Wilson
Darren has created works for the Art of Disney galleries and has become one of the most sought-after Disney artists in the marketplace. His unique style of painting captures a nostalgic timeless quality. Darren currently works as a senior graphic designer for Disney Design Group. Through his career, he has had the opportunity to create award-winning designs for Disney theme parks and Disney Cruise Line.

Mickey Mouse surrounded by popular snacks like churros, a turkey leg, a corndog and more

WonderGround Gallery

See favorite Disney characters and themes brought to life in these artists’ inventive styles.

Jasmine Becket-Griffith (also appearing in POP Gallery)
Originally hailing from Walt Disney's home state of Missouri, Jasmine now lives in the Disney-created town of Celebration, Florida. She is a traditional artist whose works are painted the old-fashioned way with a brush, water and acrylic paints—mostly on wood or masonite panels. Many of her paintings are populated by female characters with large luminous eyes, in a pop surrealism style dominated by whimsical, fantastic, gothic or historical themes.

Nidhi Chanani
Nidhi Chanani is an illustrator, cartoonist and writer. She completed her undergrad literature degree at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Nidhi pursued a career in non-profit, and then pursued her other passion: art. She creates because it makes her happy—with the hope that it can make others happy, too. In April of 2012, she was honored by the Obama administration as a Champion of Change. She is currently an instructor in the Master of Fine Arts, Comics program at the California College of Arts. Nidhi draws and dreams every day with her husband, child and their attention-starved cat in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Joey Chou
Joey Chou is an alumnus and graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He has worked in various divisions of Disney, including animation, Imagineering, publishing and consumer products. Joey is currently working in the animation industry in Los Angeles.

John Coulter
Based in Los Angeles, artist John Coulter is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. In addition to the visual arts, John pursued performing arts, which led him to appearances at the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort and Tokyo Disneyland. If art and performance weren’t enough, John has also had a 20-year career in modeling, which has taken him around the world and landed him numerous print ads and television commercials.

Jeff Granito
Jeff Granito was born and raised in Southern California, minutes away from the “Happiest Place on Earth.” In 1994, Jeff graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Soon after graduation, he had the privilege of working on a Disneyland Resort project: designing new art for the parks’ shopping bags! Fifteen years later, Jeff continues to work as a freelance artist for the parks, as well as other Disney divisions.

Caley Hicks
Growing up in Sarasota, Florida, Caley was introduced to the art of Disney at a young age. Over the years, Disney films and family vacations to Walt Disney World Resort served as a constant inspiration while she pursued a career in graphic design. After graduating from the Ringling College of Art & Design in 2008, she began working as a merchandise designer at the Disney Design Group. She feels so fortunate to be working for the one company that has had such a meaningful impact in her life.

June Kim
Eunjung June Kim is an animator and illustrator who lives in San Francisco. She originally studied graphic design, but she changed paths to pursue her passion for animation and illustration. Since graduating, she has worked at several major companies, including Google and Disney Interactive.

Jerrod Maruyama
Jerrod is a freelance illustrator specializing in cute character concepts and design. He earned a degree in Illustration from San Jose State University and began his career as an art director in the children’s educational software market. Since becoming a full-time freelance artist, his client list includes several leaders in the entertainment and toy industries. When he’s not busy putting happy faces on everything, Jerrod spends much of his free time eating cereal.

David McNeley—aka “Mcbiff”—is a traditional artist from Huntington Beach, California, specializing in acrylic painting. Inspired by Disney artists that came before him and a healthy partnership with a paintbrush, Mcbiff is a self-taught artist. His techniques are his own and have taken many years to develop. Mcbiff’s unique New Mid-Century Pop style displays an intriguing habitat that is reminiscent of a commercial ad industry of a bygone era.

Dave Perillo
Living in Philadelphia, Dave Perillo works as an illustrator. He draws inspiration from many notable television shows, film noir classics, cartoons and character advertising icons. Dave began his career working as an illustrator in the glamorous world of medical publishing. After countless drawings of dancing kidneys and otoscopes, he felt a need to feed his creative juices and began to create his own pop culture-inspired art. This path launched him into a world of comic conventions, art galleries and freelance design.

Jason Ratner
Jason is a graphic designer for the Walt Disney Company. Originally from New York, he graduated with a Graphic Design and Communication Arts degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. While primarily working in marketing and sales, Jason has created artwork over the years featured on the Disney Parks Blog as well as other design work for Disney Family, Disney Princess and Pixar social media channels. His passion for Disney shows through in his bright and whimsical work that features Disney characters and elements in enchanting compositions.

Ashley Taylor
Ashley is a freelance designer and illustrator living in Southern California. Inspired by legendary artists like Mary Blair and Eyvind Earle, she challenged herself to find her own voice as an artist. Throughout the years, she has worked with various studios and properties including Disney, Her Universe, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Studio Ghibli. When she’s not working, Ashley enjoys traveling, hugging puppies and watching Audrey Hepburn movies.

Kristin Tercek
Kristin Tercek, a native of New Jersey, is a self-taught artist who creates under the name “Cuddly Rigor Mortis.” Her family of characters have come to life in the form of cute foods, charming botanicals and both real and imagined animals. Kristin’s work has been shown in galleries all over the world. Her love of Disney has been constant and unwavering. The high point was being married at Walt Disney World Resort and having her reception behind Cinderella Castle. She cannot think of anything better than painting Disney characters for others to enjoy.

Chris Uminga
Chris is a Connecticut-based artist/illustrator whose work focuses on everything from Super Heroes to monsters. At a young age, Chris was heavily influenced by the world of Saturday morning cartoons and old black-and-white horror movies. Those influences can still be seen in his work today. Working primarily in watercolor, Chris has been featured in several gallery shows and many private collections around the world.

Gregg Visintainer
Born in San Jose, California, Gregg “Viz” Visintainer is a self-taught artist, TEDx speaker, entrepreneur and father. His Viz Art Ink images are hand-drawn using pen and ink. From afar, you see a main image, but up close you will find hidden pictures, words and messages relating to each theme. His style has gained recognition throughout the years, leading to work with Element Skateboards, DC Shoes, The Grateful Dead, Falken Tires, Disney, the United States Marine Corps and many others. In January 2013, he opened the Viz Art Ink Gallery in Carlsbad, California.

Gabby Zapata
Gabby Zapata is from sunny Los Angeles. She majored in Computer Animation at Ringling College of Art & Design. After college, she worked at Digital Domain Studios in Port St. Lucie, Florida as a visual development artist for their feature-length animated film, The Legend of Tembo. A year and a half later, Gabby moved to Los Angeles to work for Disney Mobile. Today she works for the online division of Disney Interactive in Glendale, California.

Original artwork of the musician Carlos Santana playing a guitar

House of Blues

Discover visual artists with styles as groundbreaking and exciting as the musicians featured on the House of Blues stage.

Broken Vinyl Record Collection
BRVC was formed in 2009, taking an organic and proficient approach to combine music and art. Their practical and constructive accessories are of extraordinary quality, hand-crafted one at a time, with delicate care.

Kim Dawn
Kim Dawn is a folk artist from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Although the roots of her art run deep through the soil of the southern Appalachian Mountains, it was the low country of South Carolina that ultimately defined her refined, eclectic, boho-beach, rock-n-roll style. Kim credits the diverse southern community, the stunning beaches and the colorful boardwalk culture of coastal Carolina for her early inspiration and surf style. Although Kim’s preferred medium is painting, she loves exploring sculpture, collage, illustration and glasswork. Kim is inspired by her travels, her husband, 5 children and the rich fabric of her life as Southern Folk artist.

HALO Missions
HALO Missions is a vocational rehabilitation service located in Nashville, Tennessee. This organizations provides women in different stages of addiction recovery a job and the stability they need for a successful journey, teaching them how to turn upcycled guitar strings into beautiful and wearable pieces of jewelry. The income from their jewelry sales help the women during this tranisitional time.

Just Dotz (Andrew Swan)
Andrew may spend anywhere from 40 hours up to several years on one piece of art. He draws his inspiration from Banksy, Norman Rockwell, Salvador Dali and his friend Mick Wilson, who also happens to be one of Britain’s top pointillist artists. The pointillist style—originated by impressionists like Georges Seurat and Paul Signac—uses small distinct dots of paint to create a bigger picture.

Mel Fiorentino
Born in New York in 1983, Mel started out drawing and creating because it was a fun teenage escape and “always the easiest way for me to express myself.” When the drawings started to get more and more photorealistic, he became intrigued with painting and hasn’t stopped since. After painting with acrylics for about 12 years, he felt the need to move into a new medium and started painting with oils. At times, he says he feels like a scientist, because it seems like it is limitless. According to Mel, “Painting has been the journey of my life and always keeps me in a state of constant learning. I wouldn't trade it for anything.”

Ken Pease
Otherwise known as Tropical Zombies, Ken has become a staple at the House of Blues. He presents a colorful celebration of the blues genre painted on recycled and found wood, drawing inspiration from musicians, animals and the music itself.

Original artwork of Venetian canals and cafes at dusk

James Coleman Studios

Step inside to see works by this former Disney animator—now bringing his magic to fine artworks you can enjoy at home.

James Coleman
James was born in Hollywood, California in 1949. Showing a talent for art from an early age, he landed a job with the Walt Disney Studios, starting in the mailroom in the summer of 1969. Before long, James joined the legendary Disney animation team—styling background images on 12 films and over 30 short subjects, including Mickey's Christmas Carol, The Fox and the Hound, The Great Mouse Detective, The Black Cauldron, The Little Mermaid and the Academy Award®-winning Beauty and the Beast.

Original artwork featuring vintage versions of Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck

Disney Fine Art by Collectors Editions

Delight to magnificent artwork inspired by timeless Disney animation.

Karin Arruda (also appearing in Wyland Galleries)
Karin was born in Brasilia, Brazil, and she became interested in art at an early age. Her deep personal connection to artwork continued in college, leading her to abandon a veterinary career to dedicate herself exclusively to her passion for paper art. She created 2 exhibitions called Faith in Paper, where sacred images were presented on white paper. Her works have also been used to illustrate children's books and magazine covers. A perpetual student, Karin continues to learn and explore new materials and techniques to enrich her work and evolve as an artist.

Trevor Carlton
Through a blend of live performance art and brilliantly energetic studio work, Trevor has become one of the most recognizable names and personalities among Disney art collectors. His work—a fusion of vintage Americana and classic Warhol-era pop art—is exhibited and collected in countries around the world.

Heather Edwards
Heather's paintings come from decades of observing people, environments, animals and textiles, as well as the convergence of every scrap of knowledge that came attached to them. The wonder and magic of Disney movies also help cultivate the ideas that take form in her painting. Boldly recreating Disney characters in a way that brings them into the realism of our world has become an exciting new passion for Heather.

Jared Franco (also appearing in Wyland Galleries)
Franco is a self-taught artist who began drawing at the age of 3. He has known ever since, that being an artist is the only creative outlet in life he desires. He served in the United States Army from 2006-2010, with 101st Infantry, out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. During his stint in the army and overseas, he had to put his artistic passion on hold. However, upon returning in 2010, he picked up his paint brush and continued his journey of becoming a fine artist. His artistic efforts focus on the fantasy genre, and of course, his long-time childhood love of Disney characters and storytelling. He dreamed of one day becoming a Disney artist and made that his greatest life goal. Now that dream has become a reality.

Rodel Gonzalez (also showing in James Coleman Studios and Wyland Gallery)
Before starting a new painting Rodel asks, "What if Disney animated films were created by a live action crew filming on location and years later 'lost footage' was discovered providing an entirely new vantage point of a familiar scene?" His explorations have led him to become one of the most popular Disney painters to emerge in the last decade.

Rob Kaz
Drawing from his background in professional studio animation and video game art, Rob has proven that he understands how to create powerful imagery in multiple media. As a fine art painter, his keen sense of composition and expert use of color and light have made him one of the most popular up-and-coming Disney artists.

Tom Matousek
Tom Matousek is a San-Francisco-based, award winning artist. His artistic journey began with studying cartoons as a child and in a short time he could draw almost anything from memory. From a mural artist to set design in San Francisco’s theater district, Tom continued to experiment with portraits on canvas, using abstract shapes in order to define his artistic voice even further. Most recently, Tom has painted countless portraits of celebrities, world leaders and global icons. With all of the famous faces he has painted over the years, it is only fitting that he now turn his brush towards one of the most iconic faces in the entire world, Mickey Mouse, making his childhood dream of being a Disney Artist come true.

Paige O’Hara
Paige O’Hara is widely known as Disney’s heroine, Belle, in the critically acclaimed, Oscar®-winning animated film Beauty and the Beast. Paige’s love of painting began when she was a child. Her father was an architect, so drawing and painting were very much a way of life. Although Paige found much success with her singing, painting was always her escape. Much of her time was spent studying and learning from the masters—Turner, Sargent, Da Vinci—and although she does not have formal training, her years of practice are evident. Since the success of Beauty and the Beast, Paige had done a few renderings based on her character, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to present a series through Collectors Editions and the Disney Fine Art Collection. Paige was seen in Disney’s new DVD release of Peter Pan singing Richard Sherman’s never recorded ballad Neverland and appeared in the feature film, Enchanted. Paige continues to record various projects for Disney and can be seen as Soap Star in the long-running hit Menopause the Musical.

Tim Rogerson (also appearing in Wyland Galleries)
As an Orlando native and the son of an Entertainment Director for Disney Parks, Tim developed an early bond with Disney’s iconic characters and mythology. After completing art school at the prestigious Ringling School of Art & Design, he worked as a character artist on Main Street, U.S.A. Tim was then discovered on the world stage as a fine art painter and became an official artist of the Disney Fine Art collection.

Michelle St. Laurent (also appearing in Wyland Galleries)
As a Disney artist for nearly 15 years, Michelle’s artwork has been an everyday presence at Walt Disney World Resort—both as a fine art painter and designer. Her work for Disney Design Group has been featured throughout the Disney resorts on merchandise, fine art paintings and even ticket stubs for Magic Kingdom park. As a contributor to the Disney Fine Art collection, she has been featured on Disney Cruise Line ships and in numerous galleries and exhibitions around the world.

Original artwork of a girl and her dog wearing raincoats during a downpour

POP Gallery

View one-of-a-kind works by groundbreaking artists—representing an exciting variety of styles and subject matter.

Doug Bloodworth
Doug’s artistic perspective is influenced by a childhood affection for American western classics and the quintessential youth of the American dream. With a combination of Pop Art, photography and textural paint strokes, his work was born from these inspirations that began when he was a boy. It has grown into the refined craft of photorealism. He is now recognized in the international art community as one of the premiere photorealist painters of this period.

Alan Foxx
Alan is a graphic artist living in Central Florida. His animation and graphic design clients include the Walt Disney Company, NASA, IBM, AT&T and MTV Networks. At Disney, Alan worked on graphics and animation for Stitch's Great Escape, Mission: SPACE and numerous other attractions and installations at Walt Disney World Resort. At NASA, Alan created animations for NASA TV. He has taught classes at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, at Oakland University and has been a guest lecturer at numerous other art schools and universities.

Louis Lochead
Louis uses a very unique form to create iconic images. He hand-tears pages from magazines to make up beautiful collage art. He does not use a single drop of paint in any of his works.

Michelle Mardis
Michelle Mardis is a multiple award-winning artist living in Florida. Due to her love of animals—especially dogs—and color, she developed her own unique style which has evolved over the years, becoming more realistic yet keeping with her brilliant color palette. She started an amazing series of dogs and cats using brilliant colors and adding more life to individual breeds she paints.

Nomiie’s work involves the study, reproduction and integration of master techniques. The characters in her work are called “Nomiies” and are juxtaposed with dreams, comic heroes, villains, fairy tales and anything that relates to childhood and adult culture.

Will Pigg
Will Pigg is a local artist who studied and worked in film for over 10 years, specializing in film noir, black and white, classics and stop-motion. Will is most attracted to grey scale and black and white, mainly using traditional mediums such as charcoal, pastel, ink, acrylic and paper. His paper-cut work involves individually hand cutting images that start as a drawing.

Kent Stetson
In 2003, after the disappointment of dismantling an exhibition of his paintings where nothing sold, Kent started cutting up the canvas pieces and sewing them into bags. They sold immediately. Kent makes what has become an instantly-recognizable wardrobe staple enjoyed by celebrities and collectors worldwide. His signature clutch bags are made from luxury-quality coated canvas and range in style from traditionally artistic to kitsch.

Terribly Odd
Terribly Odd is the work of miserable artist Michael Reyes. Michael brings us into his world of misery by creating his own unique style of characters that develop in his imagination. Turning screen-printed images into one-of-a-kind pieces of art, he creates works you will are sure to love—or loathe. After all, misery loathes company.

Jessica Von Braun
Jessica Von Braun is a mixed media artist, traditional and digital painter, photo collage illustrator, sketch artist and collector of pretty dresses. Jessica is greatly inspired by children's storybooks and the fantasy that surrounds the world a child lives in. Her children inspire a great deal of her work and she hopes to grow and expand their world in the arts.

Original artwork depicting Minnie kissing Mickey in front of a lake and a thatch roof cottage

Thomas Kinkade Studios

Capture the timeless magic of classic Disney stories and their captivating characters. Behold enchanting works of art where each painting tells a story in one image.

Dirk Wunderlich
Dirk’s interest in drawing Disney characters came at an early age. In the early 80’s, Dirk began to design advertising layouts and catalogs for Disney’s non-theatrical film rental division. That opportunity would lead to work on the launch of The Disney Channel. Years later, Dirk met Thomas Kinkade who saw real talent and took him under his wing. Through several years of working under Thomas’ direction, perfecting his techniques and styles, Dirk became a Thomas Kinkade Studios Legacy Artist.

Eric Dowdle
Eric Dowdle was born and raised in the heart of the western United States to the parents of 12 children.He and his wife, Deb, now live on a charming farm with their own family and a smattering of farm animals near the Wasatch Mountains in Lindon, Utah. Eric has been creating art for over 20 years. Today, his original paintings have been converted into premium gifts and keepsakes, such as fine-art prints, puzzles, calendars, adult coloring books, personalized wooden puzzles, 3D Stratascapes and more.

Original artwork featuring an orca whale and her calf

Wyland Galleries

Discover fine works of art by world-renowned artists with their own unique flare.

Krystiano DaCosta
Hailing from the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, Krystiano has emerged as a unique artist with an urgency to learn and create. His Italian heritage and strong desire to explore new horizons led him to move to Italy in his early 20s and refine his artistic skills. Later, Krystiano came to the United States, where he became a Walt Disney World Resort scenic artist. Krystiano has become a pioneer in Central Florida through inventions of his own interpretation of Industrial Impressionism—creating artwork that combines natural elements with traditionally European textures.

Walfrido Garcia
Walfrido, son of renowned artist Edgardo F. Garcia, was born in the Philippines in 1966. While on vacation in Hawaii, Walfrido found representation by the Livingston Art Gallery on Oahu. From there his work attracted the attention of local and international art buyers. His paintings eventually caught the eye of Bill Wyland, founder of Wyland Galleries Hawaii. Walfrido is best known for being a groundbreaking leader in seascape art. Besides his traditional seascapes, his trailblazing series includes his Koa wood collection, seas, fire and fantasy, Disney collaborations and Princess Cruise lines edition.

Jacinthe Lacroix
For 20 years now, Jacinthe has been sharing her passion with an art-savvy public. From an early age, Jacinthe loved painting and drawing, but it wasn’t until later in life that she discovered sculpting. The clay awakes in her the possibility of unlimited expression. She finds inspiration in the human body and the exploration of movement. After years of dedication and the desire to master her understanding of the human form, Jacinthe delights her public with a new form of expression with her sculptures.

Michael Maiden
Michael grew up in Washington State roaming river bottoms and ridge tops, eventually turning his attention to learning and recording life in the plains and mountains of his home. At Central Washington State University, Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art and Education in 1972. Three years later he established The Maiden Foundry and built it into one of the most reputable fine art foundries in the world. Michael’s talent has emerged into a sculptor worthy of world-wide recognition. The sculptures are filled with Michael's abundant knowledge and artistic skills. They speak directly to the forces of nature and the art which shape them, displaying for our aesthetic appreciation an existence far more significant than routine survival.

Adam Rote
Adam’s early reminiscence of his childhood always involved creative and artistic pursuits. Early in his career, Adam established his talent by apprenticing with artistic masters where he learned several different hands-on techniques. He was later able to combine this knowledge to bring a fresh approach to the canvas by working with acrylic, gouache, watercolor pencil, air brush and eraser in unison. His subject matter is constantly evolving from the American Ruins, which launched his gallery career in 2004, to his continued reimaging of his early inspirations featuring wildlife, musical icons and noir-inspired portraits. In 2008, Adam caught the eye of Hollywood’s legendary stars and their love and admiration has made him the celebrated artist he is today.

Luis Sottil
Internationally renowned artist Luis Sottil, creator of “Naturalismo,” enjoys a special relationship with nature that he shares with the world through his art. He has devoted his life to capturing the emotions of his subjects on canvas and the emotions that one feels when in their presence. Sottil studies, photographs and takes meticulous notes in the natural habitat of his subject before he paints. His original masterpieces are created using minerals, vegetable dyes and natural substances. Sottil uses nature to paint nature. The resulting colors reflect light instead of absorb it. Since animals communicate through eye contact, the eyes in his paintings are 33% to 100% larger than scale. Sottil is considered by many critics as one of modern time’s greatest colorists and a leader in reviving nature’s emotions at intense levels of beauty.

James Storms
If you asked 12-year-old Jack Storms what he wanted to do with his life, he’d have paused and answer “I don’t know… art?” He’d always been good at drawing and the passion was there too. Taking his guidance counselor’s advice, Jack took up an Art major along with a minor in Art History with a studio emphasis at Plymouth University. During his junior year, Jack started working for a glass artist who’d been experimenting with a technique that captured Jack’s imagination. He spent over a year learning those “ropes” for himself. To Jack there are always more aspects to explore and more designs to test out and call his own.

Jim Warren
Jim Warren’s fine art paintings and personalized portraitures have been commissioned by a clientele list that includes world-famous celebrities and prominent business leaders. His collaborations with marine life artist, Wyland, are widely acclaimed. His paintings have been seen around the world on billboards, large outdoor murals, set props for TV shows and Fine Art Galleries. In addition to his fine art painting, Jim has written The Art of Jim Warren and Jim Warren, Painted Worlds. Both books contain clear and colorful representations of his works, many of which combine, as Jim has stated, "the effect of the real mixed with a touch of the unreal to make you feel as though you're actually seeing something that in reality couldn't possibly be. Although Mother Nature is my favorite art director, I do take artistic license to create environments of my own."

David Wight
In 1994, David hiked through the Caribbean rainforest to find a 100 foot-high waterfall. The image of the water descending from the forest, ferns and cliffs mesmerized him and were the first steps toward a life working in glass. Returning to his hometown with a business degree and no formal art education, David accepted an office job. But his thoughts kept circling back to that day by the waterfall. While working several odd jobs, David happened upon an ad for an open house at a glass shop. He watched as the glass went from being solid to flowing like water. After learning to blow glass, David began making fountains and soon started utilizing ancient Italian tools, along with modern tools, to create the style of glasswork he envisioned. Today, David lives in Bellingham, Washington where he draws inspiration from the natural beauty around him. He is constantly challenged by his medium of hot glass and looks to capture the beauty, grace and power of water in its most dynamic form… the wave.

Wyland is an innovative painter, sculpture, writer, photographer, philanthropist and filmmaker. He has captured the imaginations of people everywhere by creating over 100 monumental marine life murals from 1981 to 2008. An avid SCUBA diver and world traveler, the Detroit-born artist has been recognized by the United Nations and Congress for both his conservational efforts and his artwork. His record breaking giant ocean mural on the convention center in Long Beach, California covers over 3 acres. Several years after making the mural, Wyland doubled its size in recognition of Earth Day. His newest public art project, 100 Monumental Sculptures in 100 Great Cities around the world, includes plans to sculpt all the great whale species, as well as endangered and threatened animals from the IUCN Red List. Ten of these monumental sculptures will be under water.

Original artwork featuring Darth Vader of Star Wars

ACME Archives

Catch a glimpse of mesmerizing artwork inspired by the entertainment industry.

Christopher Clark
Christopher has been an artist since early childhood, when he would watch Bob Ross on PBS and mimic the famed oil painter’s art with crayons. He considers himself a self-educated artist, with his studies ranging from personal training with contemporary masters, to classical academic art technique. Christopher lived in Italy for a time, immersing himself in Italian culture and art. Since his return to the Unites States, he continues to gain national and international attention for his artwork. Christopher remains humble in the continuing effort to grow and improve his skills and currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

Danny Haas
Danny Haas is an independent artist living with his wife and 4 kids in Orlando, Florida. He has worked with ACME Archives, Disney’s WonderGround Gallery and Lucasfilm. Danny was the cover artist for Marvel’s Cinematic Universe Novels.

J.J. Lendl
J.J. Lendl is an artist and illustrator born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He's known for his vintage-inspired aesthetic and his extensive work with film and entertainment. His studio is based in Lakewood, Ohio.

Brian Miller
Best known for his pop culture propaganda artwork, Brian currently creates images for graphic novels, movies and video games. Brian’s illustrations have been featured at major events like Star Wars Celebration and Disney’s D23 Expo. Brian finds inspiration all round him at Walt Disney World Resort, especially at Epcot, where each World Showcase pavilion blends tradition with creativity. Brian also has a strong commitment to art education, working hand-in-hand with such organizations as Maastricht Institute of Entrepreneurship, London Business School and ASU Center for Science and the Imagination.

Jeremy Saliba
Born in Florida but raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jeremy Saliba has always been passionate about art. After attending and graduating from The Academy of Art University in 2003, Jeremy worked in various fields as a concept artist, as well as illustrating comics. He has since returned to his alma mater and is now a full time instructor for the Visual Development department there. Although traditionally trained, Jeremy works primarily in digital formats, often skewing towards darker atmospheric themes and imagery. Jeremy lives out his childhood dream of drawing and painting Star Wars scenes and characters.

Craig Skaggs
Craig started his career almost 30 years ago doing commercial art for advertising agencies and publishers of teaching materials. Soon after, he started illustrating Star Wars art for Brown Shoe Co., and designing shoes, toys, novelties, collectibles and products for over 30 companies. Craig has worked for several magazine, game, comic, medical journal and children’s book publishers, and has done cover art for Random House and Wings Press. Currently he does fan art for conventions, artwork for gallery shows, private commissions, cover art and toy design.

Christian Waggoner
Christian Waggoner is an Atlanta native and third generation portrait artist. He has over 25 years of reflective theme art and realism experience. His uniquely enhanced photo-realistic style makes his viewers wonder how he achieves such skillful detail with a mere brush and canvas. He has gained prestige and success through more than a decade of high-profile commissions. He loves to bring the viewer back in time to their favorite scenes from the Star Wars saga by showing them in a completely different perspective.

Artist Wenbo Zhang presents a sugar painting creation of a rooster

Resident Epcot Artists

Explore dazzling creations of artists who can be found at Epcot year-round and have made something special for the Festival!

Italy Mask Makers – Italy Pavilion
Paint your own mask with the help of a true Venetian mask artist from Italy! For more than 30 years, La Gemma Elegante have been creating authentic Venetian masks in papier mâche, with the finest craftsmanship. Children and adults alike are invited to participate in this unique opportunity daily.

African Heritage – African Outpost

  • Kamba Tribe Traditional Handmade Beaded Jewelry
    Delight in a charming bead-making experience perfect for the entire family. Experts Ann Nzambi Simmons, Purity Kamembe Charlotte Muyanga and Anna Mutiso learned beadcraft from their mothers and grandmothers as preschoolers. After they completed high school, the 4 young women teamed up and began selling their beadwork at open-air markets. Their designs gained international attention, allowing Ann to participate in demonstrations in Europe and eventually to become one of the artisans invited to display their work at the opening of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park in 1998.

  • African Heritage Master Wood Carver – Vincent Nthuli Mutisya
    Vincent is the resident wood carver at the African Heritage kiosk. Carrying on a family and tribal tradition, he is the great, great, great, great grandson of Mutisya Munge, who started Akamba wood carving in Wamunyu Village, Kenya in early 1918.

Glaskunst, Interactive Glass Art by Arribas Brothers – Near the Germany Pavilion
Tap into your creativity with a new artistic opportunity by designing your own decorative, fused-glass souvenir. Purchase a project and choose from a variety of glass pieces to customize your work of art.

Learn from a Traditional Chinese Candy Master – China Pavilion
Head to the Painted Panda Food Studio to learn from Wenbo Zhang, a folk artist proficient in a variety of traditional Chinese arts with particular skill in Dragon’s Beard Candy and Sugar Painting. Through his continued practice of these centuries-old techniques, Mr. Zhang hopes to ensure the preservation of China’s rich cultural heritage—safeguarding these traditions for future generations to enjoy.

Enjoy your Face – African Outpost
Explore your creative side with 6 artfully inspired face-paint designs at this year’s Epcot International Festival of the Arts!

Original artwork of a girl wearing Mickey ears while eating a Mickey ice cream and holding a Mickey balloon and a Mickey doll

Additional Featured Artists and Merchants

Enjoy a variety of styles and innovative techniques in these one-of-a-kind works. Check Festival Guide for locations.

Crystal Dombrosky
Crystal Dombrosky is a Contemporary Expressive Fine Art Painter based in Apopka, Florida. She was introduced to painting as a child to help overcome dyslexia and a speech impediment. Art became a natural language to express her hopes, dreams and emotions. At the age of 13, she was accepted to the Fiorello H. LaGuardia School of the Arts in New York City, instilling in her a deep passion to become a Visual Artist. In 2014, she became inspired to explore Fluid Abstract Pour Painting—leading to her current Fraction Reality Series. Crystal travels throughout Florida exhibiting her artwork at Gallery and Fine Art events and engages in public speaking opportunities to encourage art advocacy and innovation in communities.

Dave Avanzino
Dave's mixed-media artwork combines famous Disney words, phrases, characters and attractions with a variety of papers, wire, wood, metal and other materials to create unique multi-dimensional works of art. His unique style draws the viewer into all of the rich details, colors and textures he uses to render each piece.

David Doss
Born and raised in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, David began his art career at an early age. Since leaving a commercial art position to pursue his passion for fine art, he has experienced great success over the years, with sold-out editions and a strong collector-following. Working in watercolors, David’s art is internationally known for its great attention to detail. His work is available in Disney theme parks around the world and aboard Disney Cruise Line ships.

Heather French
At Parsons School of Design in New York and at Atlanta College of Art, Heather studied portrait painting. She switched to still life painting while earning her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Heather has had many accomplishments in her partnership with Disney throughout the years. She has been the official poster artist for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and she has partnered with Disney Cruise Line as a featured guest artist.

Paola Gracey
Paola's early exposure to the Miami art scene and her background in science academia has culminated in a unique and distinctive style. She adopts and incorporates science concepts, chemical equations and symbolic representations into her paintings. Her passion is working with the physical aspects of acrylics, resins, gels and additives, exploring their every combination as well as their limitations on canvas. Paola truly believes that good science is an art form, just as much as good art demands sound scientific principles. Through her art Paola aims to stimulate the eyes and imagination while developing an appreciation for the science behind it.

Greg McCullough
Greg’s professional career started at age 15 when he became a caricature artist. In 2007, after a dozen years of creating Disney-inspired work through advertising agencies, Greg began producing graphics and advertising illustrations for the Disney theme parks. When he made his 2008 debut at The Art of Disney gallery, Greg found his artistic home. His life has been filled with many personal and professional achievements. Now painting Disney characters in oils has become Greg’s ultimate art form, combining his enjoyment of the subject matter with his love of the medium. His first assignment was the 2009 Disney Parks logo, followed by over 90 more illustrations which are seen by thousands every day in the Disney theme parks and on Disney Cruise Line ships. Greg’s style brings Disney characters and the worlds they live in to life. As Greg explains, “My goal is to create works of art that allow visitors to take a bit of the magic home with them.”

Merideth Young
Merideth is a jeweler, painter and all-around art maker. The desire to express her passion for the world around her led Merideth to the Maine College of Art where she earned her BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design. Her work is bold, dynamic and interactive. Her one-of-a-kind paintings are made by using a multidimensional, unique process of carving, painting with oil pastel and sealing each piece to protect the artwork. She then adapts reproductions of her originals into handmade jewelry and artwork for you to wear, display or even customize yourself, by mixing and matching interchangeable options to create your own “MY ART.”

The story for this Orange County, California native began humbly, selling art door-to-door as a teenager on a bicycle. At just 16, Noah was handing out business cards to local businesses advertising his services to create art, signs and illustrations. Noah’s big breakthrough came when he partnered with the Walt Disney Company to create a special “Noah” line of Disney characters. The line has become a huge favorite among Disney collectors and fans worldwide. Noah’s works include character interpretation as well as product development such as one-of-a-kind Vinylmation™.

Rachel Tribble
Rachel’s award-winning dreamlike paintings are recognized for their meditative quality as emotional experiments in color and light—dedicated to peacefulness in the world and the celebration of the Earth, sky and the multidimensional universes. Her work has been featured in art books and national magazines and has been gifted to nominees of several awards. Though she was traditionally trained in fine art and design, in the early 1990s Rachel’s work took on a more surrealistic edge. Leaving the world of design behind, she moved into alternative modes of expression. For rock nightclubs and raves, she began producing visual and sound environments, performance art and multimedia installations that focused on the esoteric and social and environmental issues.

Simone Amaduzzi
Born and raised in Bologna, Italy, Simone inherited his passion for photography from his dad, Daniele Amaduzzi. His father's job allowed Simone to travel around the world from a very early age, giving him the chance to savor landscapes and colors which, in time, he has captured in his photos. Simone today is an International award-winning photographer based in Oviedo, Florida where he owns a photo studio and a gallery. He works for many wildlife and nature magazines and has organized photography workshops around the world since 2012.

Additional Merchants:

Artistic Marbling
Take advantage of this opportunity to create you very own hand-painted item using the ancient form of Suminagashi.

Bowes Signature Candles
Explore an aromatic array of locally made diffuser oils, wax melts, and natural soy wax candles crafted with eco-friendly wicks. Choose your favorite scent—or create your own for a truly unique artful keepsake.

Enemy Ink
Using your artistic eye and impeccable fashion sense, choose a color, design and style to create your own custom wearable masterpiece.

Hobby Rockers
Cherish custom-made animal rockers made by a local husband and wife team.

Delight in jewelry created from such natural ingredients as orange peels, cantaloupe seeds and coffee beans.

Kaman’s Art Shoppes
Visit this interactive destination for some artsy fun. Artists transform simple handprints into whimsical illustrations, or a digital caricature artist can use your face as inspiration for a custom piece of art.

Name Works
Bring home a custom-made, personalized piece of artwork that showcases your name and a theme that showcases your personality.

Indulge in fresh and natural bath and body products including essential oil roll-ins, soaps, lotions and much more.

R. Nichols
Discover joyfully designed greeting cards, luggage tags and more. R. Nichols' transformation of ordinary paper into a delightful collage world of figures, playful animals, vivid plant life, exotic destinations, architecture and cultural icons has been evolving since 1996.

Sugarboo & Co.
Enter a gift-giver’s dream! This family-owned shop is artfully curated and filled with handmade goods, including charming décor, uplifting art prints, joyful toys and more.


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