I’ve been telling stories with pictures since childhood. Growing up in a family of artists (with a father who graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago, and an uncle from Herron), I’ve effectively been in art school my entire life. As a child I was obsessed by movies, animation, picture books, comics, toys—and that’s never really changed. I’ve always drawn constantly, but my first serious study was for film and animation. I made short films, won some attention from them, and found work in Los Angeles as a storyboard and concept artist. I eventually decided to finish my B.F.A. and focus my attention on illustration, but I know that I still approach drawing cinematically.

As a staff illustrator for AuthorHouse Publishing I’ve truthfully worked on about 300 children’s books. This has kept me in shape as a visual storyteller, and given me an invaluable education in the nature of the publishing world. However, my true passion at the moment is for sequential art (comics), and I’ve been able to work with publishers like DarkHorse and IDW, which I hope to continue. This work aligns with my personal vision and voice as an artist. I’m attracted to subject matter that might be strange, creepy, or silly—but hopefully in service of some poignant content. I enjoy using fantastical elements metaphorically, but I focus on reality as I see it, rather than being transported into pure fantasy. I’ve also started sculpting, creating what are essentially toys to flesh out my ideas and sell as promotional items for my books.

I love sharing my experiences and point of view with my students, and though it can be challenging to balance all of the demands on my time (including being a single father with two kids), teaching at Herron has become one of my favorite endeavors. Please feel free to contact me for any reason.

Degrees

  • 2000–2002: Attended the School of Art Institute of Chicago, studying film and video production.
  • 2006–2009: Received BFA in General Fine Art from the Herron School of Art and Design, with a focus on printmaking and illustration.
  • 2013–2015: Received MFA in Illustration from the University of Hartford.

Awards, honors, and exposure

  • 2000: Merit scholarship from School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • 2002: Honorable mention for short film at New Jersey Super 8 Film Festival
  • 2003: PBS interview promoting midwestern artists
  • 2006–2009: Numerous illustration scholarships from the Herron School of Art and Design
  • 2007: Exhibition at Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis
  • 2011: Employee of the month at AuthorHouse Publishing
  • 2012: Animated intro for film-festival award-winning horror film Found (2012)
  • 2012: Work added to permanent collection at Struwwelpeter Museum in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2013: Favorable online reviews for Monsterverse Horror Anthology
  • 2014: Merit Scholarship from University of Hartford
  • 2014: Conducted a panel on comic illustration at Indy Pop Con
  • 2015: Article in the Indianapolis Star promoting local comic artists
  • 2015: Comic used in lecture for UC-Berkley Ph.D. presentation

Positions held

  • 2009–Present: Full time staff illustrator at AuthorHouse Publishing, where I’ve illustrated over three hundred self-published titles, primarily children’s books.
  • 2012–Present: Adjunct professor of illustration at the Herron School of Art and Design, where I teach illustration at all levels.
  • 2015: Teacher for Saturday school illustration classes at the Herron School of Art and Design

Notable freelance clients

  • 2008: Coloring book for Channel 8 WISH-TV
  • 2008: Spot art for Samsung in Korea
  • 2009: Comic book for History Channel’s Modern Marvels: Superhumans
  • 2010: E-book based on Gulliver’s Travels for Inverted Pear, Inc.
  • 2011: Opening sequence for feature film Found (2012)
  • 2012–2013: Illustrated graphic novel Martians, Go Home! for Darkhorse
  • 2012–2013: Wrote and illustrated comics for IDW’s Monsterverse
  • 2014: Illustrated story for Tarzan’s Jungle Tales for Darkhorse
  • 2015: Concept art for animated web series for comedian Jim Norton