Davy's passion for his work was instilled within at a young age. As a child, he loved to use pencil and pastel to visually capture every aspect of life. At the age of thirteen, his family immigrated from Taiwan to the United States. After struggling through most of his academic years, he found refuge in his natural artistic talent— winning national awards.
After graduating from Florida's Ringling School of Arts and Design, his artistic talent quickly led him to work for Walt Disney Feature Animation on classic films such as: Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Mulan, and The Lion King. He also worked for Warner Brothers on Space Jam and Quest of Camelot. In 1998, he worked for George Lucas at Industrial Light and Magic as an art director and worked on Star Wars Episode I and Frankenstein. In 2000, he was nominated as the most distinctive illustrator, gracing the pages of Business Week, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal and The Super Bowl.
Davy founded Kendu Films in 2004 and has published the picture book series, Invisible Tails, consisting of The Giant Leaf, Fire Fish, Jordan’s Guest, The Royal Feast and Enchanted Tree.
Davy and his wife, Joan, reside in southern California.
From The Lion King to the King of kings or Give God Your Best Years
Theme: The kingdom value of success
Appropriate arena: Sunday services, conferences, retreats, and missions
Time duration: 30-60 minutes
As an animator for more than 25 years with Disney, Lucas Films, Warner Brothers, and other major Hollywood studios, Davy's definition of success was winning an Oscar for Christ. While famed for his work in The Lion King, he realized the importance of using his talent for the King of kings. He came to understand: success in winning one soul has everlasting value in heaven worth more than a million Oscars on Earth.
A Marbled Past with a Diamond Destiny
Theme: Self-esteem and child development
Audience: Christians, the general public, mothers, young adults, teachers, and employees
Appropriate arena: gospel outreaches, conferences, retreats, schools, and corporates
Time duration: 30-60 minutes
Growing up, Davy struggled with his academic studies in Taiwan. Surrounded by the idea that "you are nobody unless you become like the perfect kid next door," he was consumed by the darkness of a low self-esteem. Davy's only comfort was a blank piece of paper given by his art teacher during his first year in the U.S. After winning many art competitions, he found his life calling: not in making straight A's but in drawing straight lines. Davy realized this simply because his teacher believed in the hidden talent that his world would never allow him to embrace. He found that the only true fulfillment in oneself is to be you and pursue the unique talent given before birth. While Davy used to believe he was a useless marble, he is now reminded through Christ: he is His diamond who can do all things through Him who gives worth and purpose in his career.
Think Like a Cow Or a Cowboy?
Theme: a creative workshop and idea/branding development
Audience: the general public, professional workers, corporate staff, and Christians
Appropriate arena: conferences, corporate workshops, and art academies
Time duration: 2-3 hours, 1 day, or 3-5 days of on-site training
One of the biggest challenges in developing an idea, story, or brand is to find originality. In most cases, the final results look like something already present in the marketplace. During Davy's days in Disney, they were required to find uniqueness in each animated film: giving Beauty and the Beast a fresh story, empowering characters like Simba, and giving Aladdin its own voice. These projects were developed with the motivation to "dare to think big, and dream the impossible". In this workshop, you will see the progress from a hopeless beginning to a radiating result.
PLEASE NOTE: Davy is fluent in English and Mandarin.
Just a small glimpse of Davy's portfolio
"We firmly believe Davy's presentation touched everyone in the room. And, in turn, we know God was present. It was an amazing day and one which none of us will forget. Davy's words were spot on and his message was clear. I have had numerous staff, members, and community residents who were in attendance comment about our event being "life changing". And, that it was. We have found a new friend, and brother in Davy and we believe in lifelong friendships. He is welcome here any time." ~ Hank Leo, YMCA of the Greater Tri Valley, NY