I grew up in a small farm town in central Minnesota and discovered drawing while attending the University of Minnesota in my third year of college. I immediately shifted his studies from science to art and moved to California to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. I was awarded a full scholarship in his fifth term of study and graduated in the fall of 2000. I was hired to teach drawing in the illustration program at Art Center early in 2001. Having studied with amazing teachers like Steve Huston, Vern Wilson, Dallas Good, Burne Hogarth, Harry Carmean, Richard Bunkel, Scott Robertson, and Mike Hussar, I feel as though teaching is my way of giving back to the world and I consider it my greatest accomplishment in life. I have freelanced as a designer and illustrator for several years as well. I have been involved with projects for Disney and Nickelodeon, as well as other companies in toys, games, and television.