For many years, I have pursued a successful career in digital animation and fine arts, as a digital artist, professor, animator, and director/producer of animation films and commercial products. My work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
My interest in animation as an art form began during my final year as an undergraduate Fine Arts major at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There I was influenced by the paintings of Wassily Kandinsky. His compositions and theory provided the inspiration to incorporate movement and color in my paintings. Upon graduation, I was accepted into the graduate program in Experimental Animation at the California Institute of the Arts. It was there that I met animation pioneer, Professor Jules Engel. Under his mentorship, I was encouraged to look outside commercial animation and explore other forms of art (dance, fine art, sculpture), which I then incorporated into filmmaking and the digital arts.
Currently, I am an Artist in Residence in the Los Angeles Arts District.