I grew up in a home where there
were certain soaps and towels in the bathroom
we were not allowed to use.
I was born in San Jose, California and have
two brothers - I'm the well-adjusted, middle
kid. My family moved us to Florida when I was
12 where I was excited to learn people actually
swim in the ocean rather than run from the cold
crashing waves like they do in the Pacific.
I was in the third grade when i began to take notice that drawing came
easier to me than it did to most of my classmates.
I drew the usual things; cars, superheros, spaceships,
football helmets and monkeys. Through the encouragement of others as I approached graduation, nearly joining the NAVY because of the movie TopGun, thankfully, I instead decided to become a professional artist.
Art education began at Ricks College/BYU-Idaho
where I received my Associates
degree. Tired of the snow adn falling on the ice, I moved back to Florida to receive my Bacherlors degree of Art from the much warmer Ringling
School of Art & Design in Sarasota,
my years at Ringling, I initially planned to
become a Disney Animator, commuting 70 miles each way from Tampa. I had a fairly natural
knack for drawing the figure, I loved the art
of animation and it seemed like a logical and
reachable goal with Orlando outside my back
door. However, in my second and third year I became inspired by my illustration professors who worked freelance. After graduation started working for a subcontracting gaming company for Disney Interactive and Mattel.
Through my career I have worked in varying
facets of the creative industry. I have
worked in Video game development, Web design,
Graphic design, Concept/Character design, 3-D
Textures, Storyboards and Free-lance Illustration.
For the last 10 tears I have been employed as an Illustrator and now an ArtLead for a Multimedia gaming company called EVERI, in Austin, Texas.
believe as an artist, I'm always looking for
inspiration and those I can learn from. Art and its tools are always changing and improving. Who knew when I was in Art school we'd one day draw directly on our screens?
I'm not eating Frosted Flakes, drinking chocolate
Yoo-Hoo, sleeping, drawing or workng on some
form of art, Im probably watching Seinfeld,
killing my grass or playing a prank on someone.