Art Brokerage: Joshua Meador (1911 - 1965) was an animator, special effects artist, and animation director for the Disney studio. He was a member of the team that created the special effects for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) for which the Walt Disney Studio won an Academy Award. During his time away from the studio, Josh would pack up the family station wagon, and together with his wife Libby and son Philip, pulled a teardrop trailer throughout California, painting as they went.
Joshua's favorite painting tool was the palette knife. His son Philip smiles as he recalls his father kept some brushes around just to sign his work. Toward the end of his career, he remained under contract with Disney while he maintained studios and galleries in Carmel Highlands and later in Caspar just north of Mendocino. Josh participated in a short feature created for Walt Disney's television show in 1958 and it is entitled "Four Artists Paint One Tree." Walt Disney introduces and narrates as the four artists, Eyvind Earle, Marc Davis, Walt Paragoy and Joshua Meador paint a California live oak tree using four different artistic styles. Joshua is a native of Columbus, Mississippi.
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