Hello there! I am an artist living and working in San Francisco, California. I work in the animation, toy and publishing industry, and enjoy working on art that brings richness and believability to stories. In addition to my work life, I am developing several stories of my own. Please click the resume button for my complete work history and client list.
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When I'm not making art of some kind, I love spending time outside, either walking around my neighborhood, hiking, or plein air painting, using my car as little as possible. In fact, last year I used my car only a few times and mainly walked everywhere I needed to go! At the end of a long hike, coming home to my kitty Maggie and my partner James Baker is the best feeling in the world.
I grew up an "Army Brat" on military bases all over the US. My father was a career soldier and also taught English at West Point Military Academy, where I was exposed to fantastic history and was influenced by the dedication and discipline of the cadets. Additionally, I was deeply influenced by Mabel Anderson Koop, my maternal grandmother's lifelong passion and dedication to her art no matter what the life challenges. As a child, seeing the walls of her apartment covered with her huge paintings inspired me more than words can describe.
My sister and I were, and still are, avid readers. My favorite subjects in school were book reports and dioramas, where I got to envision my favorite stories. In fifth grade, I lived a block away from a movie theater and saw every single movie the place offered, becoming enamored by film making. I played piano and studied with some wonderful pianists, played trumpet in the school band and studied singing (but didn't get very far with that...). I attended the American Academy of Art in downtown Chicago, and joined the historic 'Palette and Chisel' Art League, where I met the most incredible painters who deeply inspired me, and still do to this day.