Keene, Lisa

Artist Biography:

For over 25 years, Lisa Keene’s work has appeared on the big screen around the world. Contributing as a visual development artist and background supervisor for such films as “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Lion King”, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, “Enchanted” and recently “Princess and the Frog” and “Tangled

As an artist for Walt Disney Animation Studios, with an extraordinary career spanning over three decades, Lisa Keene's conceptual art and design work has left an indelible mark on the proud history of Disney animation.  From the early days of her career painting backgrounds for The Black Cauldron (1985), Oliver and Company (1988) and The Little Mermaid (1989), to her character designs for The Lion King (1994) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), the creative mind of this extraordinary artist has helped weave the fabric of so many classic Disney films.
In her most recent creative achievement, as Assistant Art Director of Disney’s Frozen she, along with fellow Production Designers Michael Giaimo and David Womersley, won the 2013 Annie Award for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production, having created some of the most memorable environments from the film, including (among many others) Elsa’s “Magical Landscape”, where Anna, Kristoff and Sven meet Olaf for the first time.  Lisa had a direct hand in the lighting design for the entire film, influencing how the audience would feel in the “cool, jeweled” environs of Arendelle and its surrounding wilderness. 

“Snow is an opportunity, because it’s a white canvas.  It’s a lighter’s dream, in that the lighting is the color.  The local color is minimal at best in all these snowscapes, so it’s all about the lighting.  We consider it a blank canvas that allows us to actually paint with light,” says Lisa, who was among a handful of artists who traveled to Norway and Quebec during the early stages of the film’s visual development to research the architectural designs of the regions, as well as to study how snow physically behaves in the natural world, and how it appears under different lighting conditions.

As an artist for Disney Fine Art’s “Disney Storytellers” Collection, Lisa Keene goes from pixels to paint brush, revisiting the art form that started her career at Disney— oil painting.  In two exquisite works, titled “Well Now They Know” and “One With the Wind and Sky” she draws from her experience as a designer on the film.  Now available as two beautiful canvas limited editions, these stunning creations pay tribute to the Academy Award® winning film that is beloved by millions of people around the world


Animation Department (22 titles)

2011 Winnie the Pooh (background artist)
2009 The Princess and the Frog (background artist)
2002 Treasure Planet (background artist - as Lisa Keene Robledo)
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire (character designer)
1997 Hercules (background supervisor: Paris - as Lisa Keene Robledo)
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (character designer)
1994 Animated StoryBook: The Lion King (Video Game) (background artist)
1994 The Lion King (character designer)
1991 Beauty and the Beast (background supervisor)
1990 The Rescuers Down Under (background supervisor)
1990 Samuel and the Sign (video short) (background stylist)
1990 The Brother of Jared (video short) (background stylist)
1989 The Little Mermaid (background artist - as Lisa L. Keene)
1989 Alma the Younger (video short) (background stylist)
1989 The Savior in America (video short) (background stylist)
1988 Oliver & Company (background artist)
1988 Abinadi and King Noah (video short) (background stylist)
1987-1988 DuckTales (TV series) (key background stylist - 65 episodes)
'Till Nephews Do Us Part (1988) (key background stylist)
Ducky Horror Picture Show (1987) (key background stylist)
All Ducks on Deck (1987) (key background stylist)
Spies in Their Eyes (1987) (key background stylist)
Once Upon a Dime (1987) (key background stylist)
1988 Journey to the Promised Land (video short) (background stylist)
1986 Fluppy Dogs (TV movie) (key background stylist)
1986 The Great Mouse Detective (background artist - as Lisa L. Keene)
1985 The Black Cauldron (background artist)


Educated at USC and The Art Center College of Design, she is also a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Keene, Lisa Art For Sale:

Gathering Flowers - ORIGINAL (Framed) Gallery Exclusive
21 x 17 (Framed)
Original Work
Original Oil on Canvas - Beautifully framed - Please Call
One With The Wind and Sky -FROZEN
18 x 28
Hand-embelished Giclee on Hand-textured Canvas - NEW RELEASE - $595.00
Gathering Flowers
20 x 15
Hand-embellished Giclee on Canvas - $450.00
Well Now They Know - FROZEN
30 x 20
Hand-embelished Giclee on Hand-textured Canvas - $595.00
At Odds With The Sea
20 x 15
Hand-Embellished Giclée on Canvas - $450.00
Glass Slipper - NEW
21 x 14
2011 New Release
Hand Embellished Giclée on Canvas - $450.00
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