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Epcot International Festival of the Arts – Artist Profile Kristin Tercek

Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2022

Captivating the cuteness of Disney characters, Kristin Tercek paints ‘happiness’ in her artworks.

Tercek is a full time artist and has been creating pieces with the WonderGround Gallery and for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts since 2012. She explains that she uses acrylics on wood to paint her joyful artworks, but has recently been creating more digitally.

No matter the medium, to create her artwork Tercek always “start(s) from a place of joy.” 

“If something makes me smile or laugh, I take that as a good sign it will do the same for other people,” Tercek explains. “ A favorite film, resort, song or character is a great starting point for me.”

“Hi There,” one of Tercek’s digital paintings for the Festival of the Arts, exudes this joy. Dug, the loving and silly pup from Disney/Pixar’s Up, smiles as he presents viewers with a slobbery tennis ball. Three adorable baby birds from the exotic adventure taken in Up frame Dug – tucked close on each side of the furry dog and on top of his head. Large, bright eyes from each of these colorful critters look directly at the viewer. Their poses may both equally evoke an “aww” or a giggle from viewers.

As Tercek’s paintings inspire happiness, she encourages young, aspiring artists to “work hard and be kind.”

“Be yourself and you’ll find your place,” Tercek said.

Enjoy Tercek’s work every day by following @cuddlyrigormortis on Instagram or visiting www.cuddlyrigormortis.com, and be sure to stop by the WonderGround tent at the France pavilion February 17-21 to meet Kristin!

Tiera Tanner lives her life spreading pixie dust. Whether creating art in her studio, or raising her two young sons, Tiera is inspired by the magic of Disney, and is always encouraging her husband to plan their next trip to the parks.