I was born with a crayon in my brain. I was mesmerized by animation as a youth. The problem was, as a lazy young man, as I learned how the process was made I thought, "no way I can make all of those drawings." How odd that I would end up as an animator, even if it is part-time. I studied with master portraitist Steve Grey as a youth and eventually went on to minor success in my early twenties with mostly animal portraits and fantasy art.
By my mid-twenties, I had managed to land a regular paying gig as a graphic designer. After a few years, I realized I was leaving my painting roots behind and decided that a change was in order.
In 2000 I began attending the Art Institute of Dallas in order to obtain a degree in Computer Animation. When I graduated in 2002, I was back on track. I landed a job with an illustration studio and have been working on jobs vacilating between illustration and animation ever since. Clients have included Fortune 500 companies, numerous ad agencies and groups word-wide. Freelance work has often diversified job demands even further.
Recent years have seen a resurgence in my passion for the drawn line however, and I have begun to refocus on analog techniques. Acrylics, watercolor, pencil and inks have bestowed their siren-call on me and I find conflict in the therapy of scratching out new illustrations the old fashioned way and staying up-to-date with the latest software release. I wonder if Leonardo was conflicted between the latest oil grinds and egg-tempera?