Artist Recreates Disney Characters Using Oil Paint

Heather Theurer is a self-taught artist who creates beautiful Disney-inspired paintings that look like they are made in a Renaissance style. However, the artist says that her style is more akin to the pre-Raphaelites of the late 19th century.

According to her personal website, the themes that Theurer uses in her work include religious symbolism, fantasy realism, equine and wildlife, and bold reworking of Disney characters. Her work often consists of many layers of paint and glazes, even up to 20. This way she gets the depth and detail she wants.

Her goal is not to re-create what has already been done by other artists or by Disney itself, but to transcend the ordinary and go beyond and down the rabbit hole, in search of new meaning.

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Since many of our Instagram followers haven’t seen this. Here’s a repost about one of Heather’s favorite pieces. 🐕Enjoy!🐉 . Interview question of the day: "Which Disney Character (or Movie) is your absolute FAVORITE and why?" My absolute favorite Disney character (or movie)? It's pretty much hands down, Mulan. While many of my peers were dreaming of being Ariel or Sleeping Beauty, I wanted to be Mulan. At the time I saw the film, not only was I a total fan of the beauty of Asian culture, design, textile and art, but I was also intrigued by everything that Mulan was. This is what I tried to capture in my painting of her. She was beautiful, no two ways about it. But she was also not one-dimensional. She desperately wanted to be accepted in the society in which she lived and yet always felt as if she was failing. She had doubts about who she was and where she belonged, but yet knew that there was something else, much more valuable, deep down inside of her that was dying to get out. I have felt like this on many occasions and so her character resonated with me. I love that she deeply honored family and tradition and yet courageously stood up to it when the pragmatism of it interfered with what was right. She was afraid and at the same time was a bold warrior, ready not only to stand in the face of the most feared enemy–Shan Yu and the Hun army–but also to stand up to the more repressive and destructive chauvinism of her male counterparts. I think, too, that one of my favorite things about the movie was that she didn't have to be saved, but ended up saving her true love–and that that true love wasn't had at "first sight", but won over battles and struggles and misunderstandings until it was brought to its late blossoming under the cherry tree in the garden. . @jamesroyceedwards @disney @thedoganddragon_ig @triniandr @disneyfineartcollection @disneystudios @ba6scott @kaitlund_zupanic @disneyanimation #disney #disneyinsta #oilpainting #mulan #disneyfan #disneyfanart

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