San Francisco based artist with 10+ years of experience. Past experience includes sketch art for Pottery Barn, pitch art for an animated show and various games, figure drawing instruction, signcraft, and screenprinting.
Educated in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Character Design, Animation, and Film from Cal Poly, CCA, and Stanford respectively.
I was born in Petaluma, California in 1981. Cartoons were hand drawn. Stuffed animals could talk. Sugar was good. Vegetables were gross. It was a magical time.
My desire to draw was expressed while still in the high chair, inspired by the tenderly illustrated stories of Beatrix Potter, the humor of Mad Magazine, and the absurdity and grotesqueness of Garbage Pail Kids. My visual aesthetic was shaped by the films of Walt Disney, Stephen Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, and Tim Burton.
I spent many, many hours in daycare copying everything from cartoons to cars from How-To-Draw books. Then there was the inevitable arduous challenge of creating my own cartoon character (Leland) who looked a little bit like Fido from the 7up ads, followed by the edgy Liquid Television inspired 90s drawings. My artistry has always been characterized by much experimentation and sketching.
Throughout my teens I dabbled in filmmaking and theater as well. I co-wrote and starred in a humorous adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Scandal In Bohemia, directed a two-part spoof of the movie Scream with a VHS camcorder, and operated a spotlight for the Petaluma High School production of Guys and Dolls and The Music Man. You could say that entertainment is in my bones.
15 years later, I'm still doing my thing with a nostalgic youthful flare. Whether it’s an idea for a new game or a concept illustration, this 80s kid puts his heart and soul into every creative challenge.