Joshua Meador (1911 - 1965) was an animator, special effects artist, and animation director for the Disney studio. He was a member of the team that created the special effects for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), for which the Walt Disney Studio won an Academy Award. Joshua is but one of the many skilled and talented painters attracted to California by the film industry. Fortunately for California, these artists have left an artistic legacy well beyond their work in film. Beginning in 1936, he participated in a long list of Disney productions. He was most proud of the water effects in Cinderella, Bambi, and the fire and bubbling mud scenes in the "Rite of Spring" in Fantasia.
His works were exhibited in museums and galleries throughout California and were included in collections of Walt Disney, Fred Macmurray, President Lyndon Johnson, and many others. Currently, a painting of Walt Disney's Smoke Tree Ranch in Palm Springs is on display at the Walt Disney Family Musuem in San Francisco.
During his time away from the Disney Studios, Josh would pack up the family station wagon, and together with his wife Libby and son Philip, pulled a teardrop trailer throughout California, painting as they went. Joshua's favorite painting tool was the palette knife. His son Philip smiled as he recalled that his father "kept some brushes around just to sign his work." Toward the end of his career, Josh remained under contract with Disney while he maintained studios and galleries in Carmel Highlands and later in Caspar just north of Mendocino.