I consider myself a late-bloomer; I began developing my art skills during my last weeks of High School. I was able to read at an early age, influenced by abstract books of Dr. Seuss, and the richly drawn creations of Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), and Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball). I have always been captivated by sensory images, especially when combined with music. Early on I was influenced by the combination of imagination and expression in works such as Walt Disney’s Fantasia (abstract and classical), Warner Bros. cartoons from the 1930s-40s (surreal and jazz), and films with original music scores (Star Wars, The Black Stallion, Cowboy Bebop). As a young adult I followed my visual origins into the edgy and darkly romantic works of Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) and Jeff Loeb (Batman).
I’m currently working on outside projects inspired by my personal history with art. I am developing conceptual character drawings based on short stories I have written, themed sketch art and portraits, and their manipulation in Photoshop and Flash. When I draw and write I listen to music from various genres, e.g., Classical, Heavy Metal, and Rock. The music keeps me grounded to a particular creative flown that I may be feeling at the time, and also may change based on my mood and that of my characters.
My goal is to hone my artistic skills through advanced college art classes in both illustration and computer graphics, which I will use to enhance my artwork and design portfolio, and then use this experience to secure a position as an artist at my current employer, the Walt Disney Company.