Title: Hallmark Production Artist
Date started at Hallmark: 1996
Date started at Keepsakes: 2006
Hometown: Kansas City, Kansas
Ever since Orville was in grade school, he wanted to be an artist. Because his mother liked to draw, she encouraged him to pursue a career in art. While in high school, he always participated in art fairs with his drawings and paintings.After college, he held a variety of design jobs ranging from working for a screen print company to one that produced sports trading cards—all of which prepared him for a job at Hallmark. He started his career at Hallmark in season cards, but was always interested in Keepsake 3-D designing and was happy to be selected to work with this group. Outside of work, he enjoys travel, martial arts (Kung Fu) and video gaming. Not surprisingly, one of his favorite ornaments that he has worked on was based on the Pac-Man® arcade game which he always loved playing!
Whenever Orville Wilson starts working on an ornament that celebrates an iconic pop-culture moment, he always goes back to the source.
“I have to get back to that scene to make sure I’m remembering it correctly. And it was really fun just to go back through and watch the actual movie again,” Orville says. “I’m a big fan of the whole series.”
He saw the original Vacation with his mom back in 1983, when it first came out. He and his mom loved going to movies together at the historic theater in downtown Kansas City, Mo., that used to be called the Empire (now the Alamo). It’s where they saw Jaws, Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back.
Since becoming a Keepsake artist, Orville has worked on a number of ornaments representing legendary scenes from movie history. For the Vacation series, Orville also created A Bright and Merry Christmas, which shows Clark Griswold lighting up his entire house.
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