Known from an early age as “that kid who could draw,” Tom Best seemed destined to become an artist. What started as doodles and sketches for his friends and classmates eventually led to more masterful works of art, always intended to make someone smile. Now a pillar of the Hallmark Keepsake Studio, Tom has happily evolved into “that guy who makes ornaments.”
A veteran sculptor in the Keepsake Studio, Robert Chad actually got his start in cartoons. As part of a three-man animation company, a typical day consisted of drawing twenty-four slightly different frames for every second of a short film. Although the venture was short-lived (thank goodness), Robert’s passion for animation in his early career eventually led him to design the three-dimensional characters you now find on your tree!
“Most ornaments are challenges, and I love a challenge,” says Keepsake Artist Jim Kemme. In his 54 years of creating at Hallmark, Jim has worked as a designer of everything from puzzles and posters to candles and ornaments. “As an artist, I’d call myself a realist. In my mind, I’m always just trying to get it right,” he says with a laugh.