DISNEY TREASURES COLLECTION: THE JOY A FLOWER BRINGS
Michelle St. Laurent
ABOUT THE IMAGE: Inspired by Walt Disney’s® Animated Classic Bambi! Each Treasures on Canvas Collection Features stunning Limited-Edition artwork by many of your favorite artists.
ABOUT THE MEDIUM: All titles are released in limited editions of 1500 and arrive beautifully gallery-wrapped and come complete with a Certificate of Authenticity. Officially Licensed artwork by Disney®
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Michelle St. Laurent was born and raised in New Jersey, the oldest of four children in a large Italian family. At a young age, Michelle was inspired by Italian Renaissance painters Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. She began painting at the age of 6 and asked for new paint sets and sketch books on every birthday. In the first grade she entered a poster contest creating a painting of all the Disney characters marching in a parade. The judges disqualified her because they could not believe she had done the painting by herself without tracing. Her disappointment fueled her determination to become an artist.
Michelle made it her goal to become a Disney Artist when her family moved to Florida at the age of 16. She worked in the Magic Kingdom throughout high school then attended the Art Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, majoring in Advertising and Design. After gathering years of experience, Michelle was hired by Disney Design Group where she spent ten years creating artwork for Disney’s Theme Park Merchandise. She trained, worked, and was inspired by Disney legend Ralph Kent. Another 5 years working with Disney’s Park Events team as an Art Director creating large scale sets and props for all the major park parties, festivals and press events.
Michelle began painting for the Disney Galleries in 1998 and became a true Disney artist. Over 20 years now her talent evolves with each piece. "Through my paintings I aspire to recreate the classic Disney magic, which allows each of us to be a kid again.” Her art feeds her life’s passion and her family fuels her passion for life!
ABOUT THE FILM: Bambi is a 1942 American animated drama film directed by David Hand and produced by Walt Disney. The film is based on the 1923 book Bambi, a Life in the Woods by Austrian author and hunter Felix Salten. The film was released on August 13, 1942, and is the fifth Disney animated feature film.
The main characters are Bambi, a mule deer; his parents,the Great Prince of the forest and his unnamed mother; his friends Thumper, a pink-nosed rabbit; and Flower, a skunk; and his childhood friend and future mate, Faline. For the movie, Disney took the liberty of changing Bambi's species into a mule deer from his original species of roe deer, since roe deer are not native to North America. The film received three Academy Award nominations: Best Sound-Sam Slyfield, Best Song for "Love Is a Song" sung by Donald Novis and Original Music Score.
In June 2008, the American Film Institute presented a list of its "10 Top 10"—the best ten films in each of ten classic American film genres—after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. Bambi placed third in animation. In December 2011, the film was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.