Tia Kratter

Tia joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1993 as a Digital Painter during production of the studio’s first feature film, Toy Story. She subsequently held the Shader Art Director role on five other films, including Pixar’s Monster’s Inc., A Bug’s Life, Brave, and others. As a Texture Art Director at Pixar, Tia was responsible for specifying the color and texture of every object modeled for a film. As the Manager of Art & Film at Pixar University, the educational branch of Pixar, Tia helped to foster the continuing education of Pixar employees; teaching art classes and offering writing, film, and a wide variety of related classes to its 1300 employees.

Prior to Pixar, Tia was a background painter at Disney Feature Animation from 1980 to 1994, where she worked on a variety of acclaimed animated films including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast, Tron, and others.

Her paintings for films have been in exhibits around the world: MoMA, Japan, England, and beautiful Oakland, California, among other exotic locations. Currently Tia is working as a Visual Development artist at Walt Disney Animation. Her most recent project was the feature Wish.

When she’s not at work, Tia spends her time painting watercolors—doing her best to keep computers as far away as possible. She is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and California Watercolor Association.

Tia is a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She currently resides in Moraga, California with her husband (and co-Holton Studio artist) Paul Kratter.

Tia Kratter was featured in our show
“On the Threshold: Ellen Howard, Tia Kratter, and Kim Lordier”
July 22 through August 26, 2023  More here…

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Walk with Catherine

Watercolor on paper, 10 3/4″ x 9″. Painting only: $800.
Framed in No. 1.4—2″ in mahogany with Medieval stain. (Inquire for other frame options).
Painting framed as shown: $1,200.
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Distorted Protea

Watercolor on paper, 11 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. Painting only: $800.
Framed in No. 408.4 BC—1 5/8″ in walnut with clear linseed oil finish. (Inquire for other frame options).
Painting framed as shown: $1,350.
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Taxi Stand

Watercolor on paper, 10 3/4″ x 9″.
Framed in a Modified No. 1000—1 3/4″ in walnut with clear oil finish.

Top Seed

Watercolor on paper, 8 7/8″ x 10 3/4″. Painting only: $800.
Framed in No. 10 H—1 3/4″ in walnut with Medieval stain. Slip tinted with white linseed oil paint. (Inquire for other frame options).
Painting framed as shown: $1,350.
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Face the Camera and Say Cheese

Watercolor on paper, 12″ x 9″. Painting only: $800.
Framed in a No. 408 BC—1 5/8″ in walnut with clear oil wax finish. With museum glass. (Inquire for other frame options.)
Painting framed as shown: $1,275.
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Things Are Looking Up

Watercolor on paper, 16 3/4″ x 21 1/4″.
Framed in a No. 238—2 1/2″ in walnut with Nut Brown stain. Gold wax finished slip.
$1,975 framed.
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Tower Bridge

Watercolor on paper, 16″ x 21 1/2″. $1,200 unframed.

Filigree

Watercolor on paper, 17″ x 11 1/2″. $1,200 unframed.

Grand Palais Staircase

2019. Watercolor on paper, 11 3/4″ x 15 3/4″. $1,500 unframed.

Harvest

Watercolor on paper, 10 1/4″ x 13 1/4″. $700 unframed.

Sitting Pretty

2019. Watercolor on paper, 11 1/2″ x 18 1/2″. $1,000 unframed.