I grew up in Portland, Oregon, which meant that the unrelenting rain of the Pacific Northwest provided the opportunity to stay inside and draw stuff a lot. I taught myself animation from books mostly and got a job at a small startup 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. In 2006 I moved back home to Portland, where I directed my first short film , ‘Pinched’ for Titmouse. 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', and 'Kubo and the Two Strings'. I currently work from home as a freelance director, character designer, and 2D animator.