Austin was continually recognized for his talent in the visual arts as a child and was encouraged to pursue art in his education. In 2001 Austin was awarded a summer scholarship to attend the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he got hooked on animation and later received his Bachelor of Fine Art in 2005. After art school Austin worked as an animator on some of the most successful films in the last decade. Although you may not have heard of Austin Eddy you most likely have seen his work in Avatar, The Hobbit, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and other films. After 10 years working in the film and animation world and living abroad in Wellington New Zealand, Austin returned to the United States to focus on his original passion of painting and fine art. Austin teaches workshops in fine art techniques at his South East Portland art studio.