James Coleman was born in Hollywood, California. He got his first job at Disney Studios, in the mailroom, through his mother, who was a secretary there. His big break came when he entered a painting in the Disney Studio Art Show. Ken Anderson, a top artist and story man for Disney, saw his potential and encouraged Coleman to go into animation background painting. This landed him his first job as a background painter on Disney's The Rescuers.
Coleman's career took off after that:
This was a major event for me. At first, I didn't realize just how major it was. But it literally changed my life. I had no idea what it would lead to.
This led to a career spanning nearly three decades and more than 25 films. But Coleman's true passion always laid in Fine Art, and he eventually left Disney in order to pursue this field full-time. He likens this life changing decision to a window needing to be opened:
Windows can be intimidating because you don't know what's out there. But once you step through it, you're faced with this enormous amount of possibility. I never liked looking at windows directly, because once I see one, I have to go through it.
However, Coleman did not stay away from Disney for too long. Eventually he found himself mixing fine art with the Disney characters he had worked with for so many years.
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