WonderGround Gallery Artist Showcase with John Coulter, Jerrod Maruyama and Kristin Tercek
WonderGround Gallery, Downtown Disney® District
Help us welcome Disney artists John Coulter, Jerrod Maruyama and Kristin Tercek to the Disneyland® Resort! Share your Disney Side with friends and family with one of these unique pieces. John, Jerrod and Kristin will be on hand for an artist signing September 19, 2015 at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney® District from 3-5p.m. Don’t miss the chance to say hello as you pick up a new piece to add to your collection! Click on the images below to take a closer look at their latest works.
Special Note: Disney Artist, El Gato Gomez, will have new art released September 19, however will not appear for signings.
El Gato Gomez
John is an artist based in Los Angeles. He acquired his art education at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. John’s paintings and sculptures are influenced by his love of the theater. Elaborate costumes, scenic designs, and whimsical storytelling are evident in his work. These roles gave him special insight into the world of Disney. In addition to his art and Disney career John has enjoyed a twenty-year modeling career that has taken him around the world. He can still be seen in various print ads and television commercials.
Born and raised in San Jose, Jerrod found his love for art at an early age. He graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Illustration and went on to work in the Educational Software industry as an art director. Since then, Jerrod has worked with several notable companies including Disney Consumer Products, Mattel & Hostess, to name a few. Jerrod is currently a freelance Illustrator and character designer.
Kristin Tercek was born, raised, and continues to live in New Jersey. She began hand sewing plush characters of her own design in 2005 under the name Cuddly Rigor Mortis. In 2009, she decided to get back to her roots and start painting again. She was self-taught at the age of eleven and now paints full time. Her characters have come to life in the form of cute foods, charming botanicals, and both real and imagined animals. Her love of Disney has been constant and unwavering – the highpoint was being married at the Walt Disney World® Resort. She couldn’t think of anything better than painting Disney characters for others to enjoy.
El Gato Gomez
El Gato Gomez’ main focus as an artist is to bring new life and her own personal voice to the classic mid-century style of painting and graphic design. El Gato Gomez found her mother’s box of books and records from her own childhood in the 1950s, and quickly became enchanted by the whimsical imagery of the era. One of her most prized possessions is a late 1960s souvenir book from Disneyland, which was something her mother had saved from a visit just before she was born. Of course this led to endless prodding for details about The Haunted Mansion, Walt Disney’s The Enchanted Tiki Room, and the Mad Tea Party attraction.
This fascination with all things retro carried over into adolescence and adulthood. In her teen years, a great interest in the Beat poets developed and later an obsession with the modernist-style furnishings and architecture of the 1950s and 60s. Other inspirations include: “B” horror movies, funky album covers, pulp art, and abstract expressionism.