Todd White's distinctive style and down to earth personality have won him an international reputation. And his profile just keeps on growing.
Born in 1969 in Texas, he came from humble roots. During his twenties he relocated to Hollywood and worked in the animation field, developing characters at some of the most renowned production studios in the country. He was even part of the lead team for the international hit cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants.
During this period Todd started to forge his artistic style by experimenting with style and concept. He eventually arrived at the working method that now guides him through every piece. He always names his pieces first, visualizes faces and personalities, then develops each person's story. In fact, he doesn't paint at all until he can conceptually see that story in his head. And he always tells it as directly as possible - what isn't necessary to the story doesn't go on the canvas.
Hands are a focal point as he's always been impressed by how powerfully and expressively tiny gesticulations can amplify an actor's performance. ''Everyone's hands are full of personality,"' says Todd, "They reflect the subject's state of mind almost as much as facial expressions."
He's a compulsive observer of detail, always studying and absorbing figures, faces and features. Subconsciously, he spends his life people-watching - scribbling down sketches whatever the situation (often on napkins, even tablecloths) to record an idea for his next work.