I was born and raised in Missouri and then moved to the east coast to go to the US Coast Guard Academy. After the Academy I spent 5 years as an officer in the Coast Guard. But, realizing I didn’t want to make a career out of the Coast Guard, I decided to embark on a quest for what I love…. animation.
So my wife, Wendy, and I moved to San Francisco where I enrolled in the Academy of Art University’s MFA in Character Animation program. Those 3 years in SF were amazing, I met the most incredible people. During my last year of school I was lucky enough to land an animation apprenticeship at Industrial Light and Magic; where I worked on films such as Van Helsing and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
Wendy and I decided to move back home to be near family, so now we live in New Jersey, just outside of New York City. I’m very fortunate to be working at one of the world’s best animation studios, Blue Sky Studios. It’s a great place filled with amazingly talented people. We just wrapped on Ice Age 4 Continental Drift. Look for it in theaters on July 13th, 2012!
I also began mentoring at AnimationMentor.com in the spring of 06. I love the school, the students, and the way they approach teaching animation. All of my students have been great and I’ve been fortunate enough to have several land jobs in the industry, even before they’ve graduated from AM! I’ll say this to anyone, “if you’re serious about becoming an animator, check out AnimationMentor.com, it will be worth every penny and every second.”
The biggest news in my life has been the arrival of my daughters Hannah, 5, Lilah, 3, and my soon to be third daughter, due May 1st, 2012! Becoming a father is the most amazing thing that has happened to me. I’m amazed by their growth everyday and at the growth of my love for them. Hard to believe you could love someone that much. Needless to say, Wendy and I are crazy about our little girls and wish this happiness on anyone who chooses to pursue parenthood.