Sharon Calahan knew from the age of three that she wanted to be an artist for Disney. She joined Pixar in 1994 as a lighting supervisor on “Toy Story”, the first feature-length animation from the studio. She then worked as director of photography on “A Bug’s Life”, “Toy Story 2” and the Oscar-winning “Ratatouille” and “Finding Nemo”. She went on to play the same role in the Disney Pixar production “Cars 2”, which was nominated for a Golden Globe. More recently, she was the visual designer and director of photography of the Disney Pixar film “The Good Dinosaur”. It was in this film that the technique of painting realism was introduced, a realism due to the simulation of a painting. A new visual effect that Calahan calls “painting with light”.The artist of the Everyville studios studied graphic design, illustration and photography. After art school, she began her career as an artistic director for television programs and video productions. Prior to joining Pixar, she was lighting director at Pacific Data Images. She is a member of the Cinematographers’ branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences and of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).