Austin Eddy was born in 1981 in Berkeley California and was continually recognized for his talent in the visual arts as a child. As Austin continued his education he was encouraged to pursue art as a career. In 2001 Austin was awarded a scholarship to attend the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he got hooked on animation and later received his BFA in 2005. After art school Austin had the opportunity to work as an animator on some of the most successful films in the last decade. You have probably seen his work in Avatar, The Hobbit, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and other films. After 10 years working in the film and animation world and living abroad in Wellington New Zealand, Austin returned to the United States and decided to focus on his original passion of painting and fine art. Austin currently works and resides in Portland Oregon where he teaches workshops in fine art techniques.  I am committed to making the beauty and unique mystery of the human experience tangible and accessible. The world around me and my experience of life inspire the visions that are conveyed in my work. The value of what is created and presented is found in its aesthetic quality. My visual language is formed from moments stumbled upon, ideas emanating from personal interactions, history, philosophy, science, art, music, religion, spirituality, politics, culture, and technology, or to put it more simply, contemporary life. The feeling of discovery, no matter how subjective, that a viewer finds in my work is what drives me to create art.