Ron began his animation career with Disney Studios in 1956, where he worked as an inbetweener and clean-up animator on "Sleeping Beauty". Ron's desire to become involved in animation was sparked when, at the tender age of 6, he saw "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". He was so taken by the film and its beautiful art that he decided, then and there, that he would someday become an animation artist. After winning a national contest for his design of the U.S. Postage Stamp "CHILDREN'S FRIENDSHIP" in 1956, Ron headed to Hollywood determined to work for Disney. After two portfolio submissions, Disney Studios recognized Ron's exceptional talent, and he was hired. Thus began an illustrious 40+ year career as a top animation artist. In fact, Ron is appearing as the guest speaker on Disney animation at the City of Kawaguchi's World Festival, on July 25th, in Kawaguchi, Japan.
While Ron started his career as an animator, he made his mark on this artform and has spent the bulk of his career painting beautiful backgrounds for some of our favorite animated features and TV shows. Over the years Ron has contributed to so many feature and TV projects for so many studios that we thought it best to highlight a "short-list" of his work through the years.
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