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. Currently, as the Manager of Art & Film at Pixar University, the educational branch of Pixar, Tia helps 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 artist husband Paul, and faithful Corgi, Zipper.

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11 1/2 x 19 inches, watercolor on paper. Framed in a custom mitered frame, No. 300—2 1/2″ in walnut with clear oil finish. $2,000.

Vitamin C

5 1/4″ x 7″ (image size), watercolor on paper. Framed in No. 16—1/2.” In cherry with clear oil finish. $375.


7″ x 5″ (image size), watercolor on paper. Framed No. 1 with special corner carving—1/2.” In walnut with clear oil finish. $495.