I grew up in the small town of Port Angeles, WA (pop. 17,000, give or take a few seagulls). I was always a freak for moving visuals as a kid, so animated computer graphics were a natural draw. I also caught the bug for stage acting, and played roles in numerous productions both during and after high school. Ultimately I was intrigued by the possibilities of merging the two interests, and following the release of Pixar's Toy Story in 1995, I began actively pursuing a career in 3D character animation.
I received an Associate of Applied Arts degree in Computer Animation from the Art Institute of Seattle in 2000, and got my first job as a character animator in 2001. For nearly seven years I was fortunate to work as an animator and animation supervisor on a wide variety of projects, from TV commercials to feature films. Shortly before my four-year anniversary at Reel FX Creative Studios in Dallas, TX, however, I discovered that the process of animation had turned from something I enjoyed into something very stressful. Thankfully my supervisors at Reel FX were willing to work with me to make a change, and in January of 2008 I shifted gears to become the studio's Animation TD. The new role allows me to combine my animation experience with my long-time side interest in scripting and programming to provide technical support and tool development for the animation team.
In addition to my full-time job, I've been a mentor with AnimationMentor.com for over two years, and also have had occasional opportunities to perform as a voice actor. Through all of these activities I've been blessed to take part in numerous stage and screen projects, and thank God for the opportunity to contribute to such endeavors.