James Coleman

Over the years, James Coleman’s name has become synonymous with sweeping skies, tropical rainforests, rich deep woods and silent deserts. Coleman got his start with Walt Disney Productions in the mailroom, in the summer of 1969 through his mother, who was a longtime secretary for Disney. Coleman’s big break came when he entered one of his paintings in the studio art show. Several of the Disney artists viewed James Coleman’s artwork in the show, and immediately saw his potential and his untapped ability to paint. They wisely encouraged him to pursue animation background painting. In working on such notable films as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Too,” “Fox and the Hound,” “The Great Mouse Detective,” and many more, James Coleman has indeed devoted his time and talent to the love of his life: fine art painting.