I am originally from Virginia Beach, VA, born and raised. I attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond Va, from 1999-2003 earning my BFA in the Communication Arts & Design, Kinetic Imagery (animation and video.) From there I was awarded the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from the US Department of Education and attended graduate school at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, earning my MFA in Animation from the School of Cinematic Arts in 2007.
I have been at Pixar Animation Studios as a full-time Story Artist, since January 2007 after being one of eight in the first story internship program at Pixar in the summer of 2006. In that time, I have worked on Presto, Brave, Mater's Tall Tales, Partysaurus Rex, Small Fry, Inside Out, and most recently The Good Dinosaur. I have also had the unique opportunity to work with the theme parks division: Disney Imagineering. My drawings have been transposed into massive images on the side of the Art of Animation Hotels (Nemo & Cars) at Disney World! I also had the opportunity to work on the Ratatouille ride for Disneyland Paris. Though my typical day as a Story Artist consists of storyboarding, participating in brainstorming meetings on various projects, and an occasional scratch voices (a fun extra.) You can watch a few of us discussing our job and path to Pixar here.
In my own time, I have the typical artist's list of a million works in progress. A graphic novel, some animated short ideas, a children's book, and screenplays. My most recent personal project is 100 Years of Fashion and Fun, published by the General Pencil Company. Thanks for visiting the site!
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