Michael Humphries is an American landscape painter known for his nostalgic, country landscapes and dramatic seascapes. His paintings exhibit a synthesis of decades working as an artist in the film industry combined with his love of the American landscape.
Michael’s artistic abilities blossomed at the young age of 12 when he sold his first oil painting. Through his teen years he was an avid painter. At just 15 years of age he acquired his first job as a watercolor portrait artist at the amusement park, Knott’s Berry Farm, in Southern California. Even though Michael was drafted during his second year of college, he was able to continue his artistic pursuits by serving as a member of the Army's 1st Air Cavalry Division's Combat Art Team in Vietnam. Upon his return, Michael continued his art education at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Michael's professional career began at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. He worked as a background painter, visual development artist and art director. While at Disney, Michael honed his craft and developed a beautiful ability of storytelling through color, design, lighting and texture. Some of his film credits include: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Lion King, and The Princess and the Frog. He also art directed "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" segment of Fantasia 2000 and two musical shorts, "One by One" and the Academy Award nominated short film, "The Little Match Girl". Michael has contributed to many other film projects outside of Disney as well. He was nominated for an Annie Award as Production Designer on Sony Pictures' first 3D animated movie, Open Season. For his dedication to the art of animation, Michael has been elected to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Michael resides in Pasadena, California where he teaches fulltime at his alma mater, continues to freelance for the film industry and is still an avid painter. A gallery of his work may be viewed online at www.michaelhumphries.net.