I was a fan of Warner Brothers cartoons and Donald Duck comics from an early age, and began drawing to emulate greats like Chuck Jones and Carl Barks. By the time I reached high school art had become my passion, and I went to art school to pursue animation. I graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1998 with degrees in both Computer Art and Sequential Art. After graduation I went to work for Primal Screen Studios in Atlanta, GA, a television animation production house contracting for the Cartoon Network. As an assistant animator I had the chance to work with classic characters like Yosemite Sam and Tom and Jerry.
When demand for animation work slowed, I moved to IBM to lead their first ventures in Flash-based online advertising. While there I designed characters for training programs used by American Airlines and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. The distance learning department at IBM was dissolved not long after the collapse of internet startups in 2001, so I left the corporate world and began my freelance career under the name Animation Closet.
Since then I’ve illustrated for clients in entertainment, manufacturing, technology and education. After moving to Seattle in 2003 I was commissioned by Microsoft to make a comic strip for their employee newsletter, and I assisted on several television commercial animation projects for Laika Studios, including commercials for Lays Potato Chips and Eggo Waffles. In 2004 I began my webcomic Scooter and Ferret, which follows the trials of a blogging ferret and his incompatible roommates, and although it was briefly considered for syndication and ultimately rejected, I’ve continued to update for a loyal readership.
Most recently I’ve been working with the Meysen Academy, a Japanese organization with an extensive line of child readers.