DISNEY TREASURES COLLECTION: AND THEN THERE WAS YOU
Michelle St. Laurent
ABOUT THE IMAGE: Inspired by Walt Disney’s® Animated Short Paperman! Each Treasures on Canvas Collection Features stunning Limited-Edition artwork by many of your favorite artists.
ABOUT THE MEDIUM: All titles are released in limited editions of 1500 and arrive beautifully gallery-wrapped and come complete with a Certificate of Authenticity. Officially Licensed artwork by Disney®-2019 Winter Collection
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Michelle St. Laurent was born and raised in New Jersey, the oldest of four children in a large Italian family. At a young age, Michelle was inspired by Italian Renaissance painters Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. She began painting at the age of 6 and asked for new paint sets and sketch books on every birthday. In the first grade she entered a poster contest creating a painting of all the Disney characters marching in a parade. The judges disqualified her because they could not believe she had done the painting by herself without tracing. Her disappointment fueled her determination to become an artist.
Michelle made it her goal to become a Disney Artist when her family moved to Florida at the age of 16. She worked in the Magic Kingdom throughout high school then attended the Art Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, majoring in Advertising and Design. After gathering years of experience, Michelle was hired by Disney Design Group where she spent ten years creating artwork for Disney’s Theme Park Merchandise. She trained, worked, and was inspired by Disney legend Ralph Kent. Another 5 years working with Disney’s Park Events team as an Art Director creating large scale sets and props for all the major park parties, festivals and press events.
Michelle began painting for the Disney Galleries in 1998 and became a true Disney artist. Over 20 years now her talent evolves with each piece. "Through my paintings I aspire to recreate the classic Disney magic, which allows each of us to be a kid again.” Her art feeds her life’s passion and her family fuels her passion for life!
ABOUT THE FILM: Paperman is a 2012 American black-and-white computer-cel animated romantic comedy short film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and directed by John Kahrs that blends traditional and computer animation. The short won both the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 85th Academy Awards, and the Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject at the 40th Annie Awards. Paperman was the first animated short film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios to win an Academy Award since 1969's It's Tough to Be a Bird.
A young accountant named George is standing on an elevated train platform in the 1940s at New York City, holding a folder, when he is hit by a flying piece of paper. The paper is chased by a young woman named Meg who lost it to a gust of wind from a passing train. The same thing happens to George when a subsequent gust of wind from another incoming train dislodges one of the papers from his folder and blows it into Meg's face, leaving a lipstick-smudged kiss imprinted on the paper, much to her amusement when George retrieves it. He is entranced by the lipstick mark and Meg's beauty, and therefore misses her boarding the departing train. The two exchange looks as she departs.