I grew up in Portland, Oregon, where the unrelenting rain provided the opportunity to stay inside and draw stuff a lot. I picked up what I could about animation from books and at 17 got my first animation job at a small startup doing CD-ROMs in Portland the summer after high school.
Over the next decade and a half, commercial animation took me to exotic, far away places like Vancouver BC, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. It soon dawned on me that because I had not gone to college, I had missed an important step towards getting into features; I had not made a short. In 2006 I moved back home to Portland, where I directed my first short film, ‘Pinched’ . Soon after that I joined Laika, where I worked for the next 7 years in story and character design on such films as 'Paranorman', 'The Boxtrolls', 'Kubo and the Two Strings' and 'Missing Link'. The promise of 2D revival in 2017 called me, however, and I left Laika to work in Spain as an animator on the most rewarding and challenging project of my career so far, 'Klaus'. I now work for Netflix as a character designer and story artist .