Following the pattern of most successful artists, Tricia Buchannan-Benson
has had a self-proclaimed obsession with painting since an early age.
Drawing cartoon’s a young determined woman wrote
Walt Disney Studio’s at the age of 11, asking how to become an animator.
Disney always nurturing young artists and finishing their latest movie
at the time, “Oliver and Company” sent her back full details
on how to reach her goal. She has even surpassed her own imagination by
not only becoming an animator on The Simpson’s, King of the Hill,
and Dilbert, specializing in character layout. She now has come full circle
back to Disney Fine Art.
If you ask her to name one thing about art that is sure
to get her excited it is “Line Quality” that fluid motion,
which gives a painting life. The confidence to commit thought to canvas,
in a single stroke. Mastered by the likes of Alphonse Mucha, Maxfield
Parrish and Animators like Marc Davis and Chuck Jones.
Tricia graduated from Loyola Marymount College with a
degree in Film, since at the time there was no degree for animation. Private
seminars were the only way to hone the craft. At such a seminar Tricia
was discovered. She was asked to “Test” for the Simpson’s
and “Futurama”. A “Test” is where the director
gives the potential animator a scene to layout. She tested for the Simpson’s
first and as she was testing for Futurama she got the call from the Simpson’s
asking her to join their team. No longer being able to concentrate she
could not finish the test. She thanked them and walked out to celebrate.
She has never looked back.
Tricia combines the forever-popular turn of the Century
Art Nouveau style with Disney’s precious characters we have loved
for years. Her unique take on Disney’s characters give us a glimpse
into their life up until now we could only imagine.