Kathleen Swain


Background Artist/ Layout Artist/ Background Supervisor/ Background Painter/Director

Bio Summary:
-Kathleen Swain began her career at the Walt Disney Studios in 1979. She
worked as a Background artist on films such as “Who Framed roger Rabbit”,
“The Fox and the Hound”, and “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”. She later became
a concept at Industrial Light and Magic working on concept art for the
Epcot attraction “Body Wars”. Later she worked on concept and production
artwork for feature films including “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”
and “Joe vs. The Volcano”. She is currently a writer, designer and
director for Animation and Effects productions.

Early Life/Family:
-She is married to Terry O’Brien. She and her husband opened Occatillo Pictures in 2002.

-Art Center College of Design

Career Outline:
-1979: began work at Disney Animation Studios

-Worked on background paintings for “The Fox and the Hound”, “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”

-Worked for ILM as a concept artist on “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and “Joe vs the Volcano” as well as developing concept art for the EPCOT center simulator ride “Body Wars.”

-In 2002, Kathleen and her husband opened Occatillo Pictures in Temecula California.

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The Legend of Atlantis 2004
A Tale of Egypt 1998
Anastasia 1997
happily Ever After 1990
Joe vs. The volcano 1990
Ghostbusters II 1989
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988
Sparky’s Magic Piano 1987
Mickey’s Christmas Carol 1983
The Fox and the Hound 1981

Denver, the Last Dinosaur 1989
Vytor, The Starfire Champion 1987
Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World 1987
Meet Julie 1987

-Video Games:
Hotel Mario 1994


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Contributors To This Listing:
Lucas McGuire

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