Welcome to another edition of Spotlight on Disney Fine Artist! This week, the spotlight is on artist David Bird.
How did you get started?
I have been a graphic designer for over 20 years and I started doing glass because I thought it was amazing and beyond regular art. Pure color. So, I started by reading a couple of books and trying to cut glass. After a bunch of projects of my own
I got the opportunity to show a VP of Marketing at Disney to show my artwork. He was really interested and asked for all my info. He said they would get back to me….I thought I had just been blown off. You know, don’t call us, we’ll call you. Well, a couple of months later, the Disney folks called and asked if I knew much about Nightmare before Christ- mas (Tim Burton’s movie) I said that it was one of my favorites. I got to do my RST event in the fall of 2003 and have done everything from the 50th anniversary of Disneyland, had artwork in Walt Disney World, Disney Gallery, 45th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion….and a ton more. We get to go down to D-land and sign in the galleries and at other events around the property ( I am famous for about a day at a time lol) and it is such a blast!
What is your background?
Crazy, but I have 2 Bachelor’s degrees, the rst in Archaeology and then, of course, Design. I think I have been an artist forever. My dad was an artist and I was always getting into his pens, markers, and paint! Some of my earliest memories were drawing and painting in my dad’s studio.
What keeps you passionate about glass art?
It isn’t just glass art, it is about art of all kinds. I love seeing other’s creativity and that is pure inspiration and passion.
Favorite piece you’ve ever created?
34” x 18”
Hardest piece you’ve ever worked on?
LOL…probably the one I am working on now. But in the past it was a piece that I created for myself. The Red Queen was from a photo shoot in a magazine I saw with Helena Bonham Carter. When I showed Disney, they wanted a limited edition done for the gallery. After 6 tries of getting the head the right size, Tim Burton nally approved the design.
To view more of David’s work, visit his site here.