Duration:I've been contracting as a professional illustrator for seven years.
Staff: It's just me.
Education: I received a BFA in 1999 from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Cultural Influences: I'm influenced by popular culture, particularly television and movies, and I've also always been a fan of comic books and collectible toys. I'm enamored with science and scientific advancements and lately, astronomy has had a big impact on my work. There's something about the scale of the cosmic level that makes my brain buzz.
Environment: I manage an industrial art space, comprised of four working illustrators and an online radio station. Each of us has our own work habits and clientele, but we are collectively known as "The Local 303.” Because most of my professional work is created digitally, much of my studio time is spent alternating between the drawing board and my Mac. When I'm not on an assignment, I like to get messy with paint and ink, creating custom toys, paintings and drawings.
Philosophy: It's an exciting time to be an artist. The world is full of inspiration and there's never been a time in which creative people have had so much freedom and influence. I continually strive to get better at my craft; I can't think of anything better than continuing to grow as an artist and connecting with my audience at the same time.