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 has 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.

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.

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Clarity

Watercolor on paper, 7″ x 10″.
Framed in a No. 16—1 5/8″ with 18kt gilt sight edge in walnut with clear finish. (Inquire for other frame options.)
SOLD

Lonely Boulder

Watercolor on paper, 5 1/2″ x 8 3/4″. Painting only: $350.
Framed in a No. 440—1 7/8 in walnut with clear finish. (Inquire for other frame options.)
Painting framed as shown: $725.
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Pond Party

Watercolor on paper, 3 1/2″ x 9″. Painting only: $300.
Framed in a custom mitered—5/8″ with special carved corners in walnut with clear finish. (Inquire for other frame options.)
Painting framed as shown: $575.
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Nature’s Sculpting

Watercolor on paper, 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. Painting only: $350.
Framed in a No. 1 CV—5/8″ with special carved corners in walnut with Clear finish. (Inquire for other frame options.)
Painting framed as shown: $625.
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Things Are Looking Up

Watercolor on paper, 16 3/4″ x 21 1/4″. $1,000 unframed.

Tower Bridge

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

Shellacked

Watercolor on paper, 12 1/2″ x 20″. $1,000 unframed.

Filigree

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

Not On My Pizza

Watercolor on paper, 16″ x 12″. $1,000 unframed.

Nature’s Comb

Watercolor on paper, 16″ x 11 1/4″. $600 unframed.

Heather Farm Bloom

Watercolor on paper, 10 3/4″ x 9 1/8″.
Framed in a No. 22.6—1 1/2″ 18kt gilt sight edge. Walnut with a clear finish. Archivally framed with Museum glass.
$580 framed.

Grand Palais Staircase

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

Fig Bombs

2019. Watercolor on paper, 6 3/4″ x 12 1/2″. SOLD.

Peachy

2019. Watercolor on paper, 7″ x 12″. $140 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.

Cracked

7 1/2” x 14 1/4.” Watercolor on paper. $350. Unframed.