Since 2005, Chris has contributed artistically to various animated films, television shows, video games and music videos for companies such as Disney, Universal, Hasbro, Electronic Arts, Activision and Geffen Records.
In addition to his Visual Development role at Disney, Chris served as a Creative Technology Consultant, helping to improve the efficiency of the animation production pipeline by creating specialized Photoshop workflows and collaborating in the development of proprietary software tools for the Art and Story departments.
More recently, Chris has served as a Content Strategy Consultant on projects at Amazon.com and BLT Communications and as a Creative Technology Consultant for Adobe.
He is currently working for Disney on a new project to commemorate the 20th anniversary of The Lion King on Broadway.
In 2012, Chris opened The Oatley Academy Of Visual Storytelling where he now teaches courses in Composition, Color Theory, Visual Development, Character Design, Social Media + Self-Promotion, Digital Painting, Visual Storytelling and more…
ImagineFX Magazine called him “The best kind of teacher.” Many of Chris’ students have become professional animation artists or illustrators and consider his teaching to be an essential part of their success.
In addition to his work as Director of The Oatley Academy, Chris has served as a guest speaker at art and film schools across North America, including SCAD, Ringling, CCAD, Emily Carr, Art Center and TheFilmSchool Seattle.
Chris also hosts The Oatley Academy ArtCast – the #1 illustration podcast on iTunes, paints en plein air as often as possible, sings, plays guitar and writes songs.
His life mission is to cultivate empathy and healing in the world through storytelling by educating and empowering visual storytellers.