Born in New York in 1916, Eyvind Earle began his prolific career at the age of ten when his father, Ferdinand Earle, gave him a challenging choice: read 50 pages of a book or paint a picture every day. Earle choose both. By the age of 21, he came into his own unique style. His oeuvre is characterized by a simplicity, directness and surety of handling. In 1951 Earle joined Walt Disney Studios as an assistant background painter.