Michelle St. Laurent
Artist Michelle St. Laurent is perhaps most known for her beautiful, evocative watercolor renderings of famous Disney characters and scenes, which have made her the top selling and most popular female Disney artist in history. St Laurent's classic images of Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Alice in Wonderland, among others, capture her artistic acumen and devotion to bringing Disney to life. "Through my paintings I aspire to recreate classic Disney magic in my paintings, which allows each of us to be a kid again," says St. Laurent. "I love sharing my work and celebrating... Disney." As art director, production designer, and product developer, she can claim many "firsts" beyond her prodigious canvas exploits, including being part of the team that started and designed the pin trading and Vinyl-mation programs at the Disney parks. She also designed the "My Disney Girl" doll and the "Create Your Own" ear hat, and was production designer for all park events, which often included designing and implementing temporary-themed environments with budgets in the millions of dollars. She has had the honor of being selected to create postage stamps for Disney, has worked on many projects for both Disney World and Disneyland, and is represented in many official Disney gallery shows.
Born and raised in New Jersey, the oldest of four children in a large Italian family, St. Laurent discovered her life's ambition at a young age. Inspired by Italian Renaissance painters Michelangelo and Leonardo de Vinci, she began painting at the age of six and asked for a new paint set on every birthday. And she had talent to accompany her creative drive. In first grade, she submitted a painting of all the Disney characters marching in a parade for an elementary school poster contest. However, the judges disqualified her because they could not believe she had done the painting by herself without tracing. Though she was disappointed by the injustice, it confirmed her talent and fueled her determination to become an artist. She commenced to filling sketchbooks in order to develop her craft, and began experimenting with pastels - drawing portraits of singers and movie stars. As poetic justice, she eventually won first place in a local art show, and her piece was displayed in the town's City Hall.
When her family moved to Florida at the age of 16, St. Laurent made it her ambition to become a Disney Artist, doing everything possible in her power to make her dream come true. She worked in the Magic Kingdom throughout high school, then attended the Art Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, majoring in Advertising and Design. During college, she produced artwork for night clubs and radio stations. Continuing to fill her sketch books and grow as an artist, St. Laurent began working as a scenic artist for theme parks and production companies, painting murals, show sets and props. Pre-Disney, she also worked to create art for Sea World in Orlando, and her murals can be seen throughout the park.
St. Laurent began painting for the Disney Galleries in 1998, where she trained, worked, and was inspired by Disney legend Ralph Kent for the first six years. After accruing enough years of experience, St. Laurent was hired by Disney Design Group, where she has spent the last decade dreaming up and creating a wide variety of artwork for Disney's Theme Park Merchandise and special events and projects. Over the years, she has evolved into a true Disney artist and fan favorite, her enormous talents blossoming with each piece. Her fine art has been featured at Disney World and Disneyland, Epcot's Food and Wine Festival, at the exclusive Disney's Festival of the Masters, Magic Kingdom's 999 Happy Haunts Event, Disneyana Conventions and Disney Cruise Line, and in galleries around the world. St. Laurent has never been more creatively inspiring or more popular with Disney fans. "What makes Michelle St. Laurent so successful is how she mixes traditional and pop art aesthetics in watercolors for her gallery works while at the same time becoming the go-to gal for official art used in projects inside the studio," explains one gallery owner. "Few artists can find that balance, and Michelle does that perfectly."
St. Laurent now lives in Florida with her husband and daughter, where she spends time painting on their front porch. Her art feeds her life's passion, and her family fuels her passion for life.
World Wide Art
World Wide Art is known for its wide selection of limited editions and originals by renowned artists, including the transcendent works of Michelle St. Laurent. Their expert staff also specializes in custom conservation framing. In business since 1996, World Wide Art is located in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a well-known art shop for both serious collectors and casual decorators. The staff at World-Wide-Art.com not only deals art, but are collectors and artists themselves who consider their work a labor of love and lifestyle of art appreciation.