James Finch - Impressionist / Originals and Giclees on Canvas
One of the great lessons Disney animation has instilled in my personal and professional work is presenting a clear idea of story telling and good composition. I have studied great illustrators like Howard Pyle, Dean Cornwell and N.C. Wyeth, who were amazingly skilled painters and wonderful storytellers. I love the narrative dynamic in their work that inspires us to dream of other worlds and other times. It is a challenge, as a good artist, to create paintings that allow us to dream and fall in love with the world that we only experience when we are fast asleep. It is my ambition to paint from the soul and tap into that special something that keeps us surfing, in awe of Mother Nature and loving every moment of it.
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James A. Finch is an artist and surfer from Palm Bay, Florida. He attended Ringling School of Art and Design from 1990 to 1994, and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Illustration. During college, he began his illustration career freelancing for editorial work, children's publications, newspapers and advertising agencies. After college, he applied to Walt Disney Feature Animation and was accepted to intern in 1995.
He then transferred to California in 1996, where he worked in the layout and background design for such films as Tarzan, Atlantis, Treasure Planet, Home on the Range and Bambi 2. He was soon promoted to production designer on Brother Bear 2, and worked at the Disney Studio in Australia for three months with the Layout team. James is currently working as a Visual Development Artist on new projects to be announced. He also co-teaches Environmental Design at Gnomon Visual Effects School in Hollywood.
James has a hunger to grow as an artist, and paint what he has been drawn to for most of his life – the ocean and coastal environments. His adventures in plein-air beach landscapes were featured in one-man exhibitions at Walt Disney Feature Animation.
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