Tony Craig knew from the age of 4 that he was destined to be an artist, and was inspired at that early age by the animated films coming from the Walt Disney Studio. He attended the character animation program at the California Institute of the Arts, and began working professionally as a character designer and character pose layout artist on Steven Speilberg's "Tiny Toon Adventures" in 1989, followed by "Animaniacs". Since then, he has worked at almost every major animation studio. His credits include a 17 year run executive producing and directing cartoons for the Disney Studio including, "The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa", "101 Dalmatians" (tv series), "Mickey MouseWorks", "House of Mouse", "Lilo and Stitch" (the series), and "The Emperor's New School". His feature credits include two Lilo and Stitch video sequels, "The Rescuers Down Under", and "Cats Don't Dance".
Currently Tony is wrapping up direction duties on "Hoops and Yoyo Ruin Christmas" for Hallmark, and is starting as a storyboard artist on the new "Looney Tunes Show" for Warner Brothers Animation. Tony began pursuing fine art and photography as a hobby in the late 1990s. In 2008, he moved to North Carolina's Stokes County, made a historic grist mill his home and studio, and freelances animation while working on paintings in his free time."Barn Swallows" was selected from numerous entries to be included in the 2010 Wildlife in North Carolina Calendar. Tony is also the author of "Country Stores in North Carolina", a photographic collection of country stores and their interiors from across the state of North Carolina. See more of Tony's work at www.nextbendgallery.com