Hello, I was born near Chicago Il. and earned my BFA from The Art Institute of Chicago in 1997. Then in 1998 I got my first job at Disney Animation Studios, in Burbank CA. on films Dinosaur, Fantasia 2000, and Tarzan. I worked for Disney up until 2007. Then I work for a variety of studios from Jim Henson Studios, DreamWorks Animation Studios, Reel FX, Cartoon Networks, and Disney ToonStudios. Durning the pandemic my family and I moved to San Diego where my wife is from, and I worked remotely at Disney Studios working on Frozen 2, Raya and the Last Dragon, Encanto, Strange World, and Wish. I have 2 boys 5/9yrs. who have inspired me to teach all of this knowledge I have from working in the animation/art industry for almost 30 years. In that time I have mentored and taught inspiring students/artist, I love empowering their creative voices, and giving them the confidence to allow themselves to find their passion and dive head first into what they love!