I was a doodler as a child and started taking art seriously during my senior year of high school. Traditional drawing and painting were my interest until the summer of 1997, when I discovered clay. My exploration of clay’s potential led me to experiments of integrating wood & metal. However, the core of my artistic expression remained in the world of ceramics. While studying under Philip Cornelius at Pasadena City College, I made connections in Japan. I had opportunities to visit ceramic sites in Tokoname and Mashiko. These trips to Japan completely changed my life and the subject of my work.
After receiving my BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003, I returned to California to work as a graphic artist in the real estate industry with my sister. My interest in digital design led me to the visual effects industry, where I landed an internship at Side Effects Software, the creator of the software package Houdini. Upon completing my internship, I accepted a visual effects artist position at Rhythm & Hues Studios in Los Angeles. While at Rhythm & Hues, I worked as part of a team creating CG effects for the Academy Award winning film, The Golden Compass. After a short stay in the CG world, I looked back to Japan. In the spring of 2008 I packed my bags and set out to live in Japan.
I currently work as an English teacher for a large English school in Saitama Japan, about 30 minutes outside of Tokyo. My art career is blossoming again, and this time as a children’s book illustrator. A re-exploration into the roots of my inspiration is under way, which has led me to create new works in clay & wood as well new drawings & paintings. A renewed interest in the power and speed of digital media is under way.
Member since 2011
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