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I have been doing some form of art my whole life. I loved to draw Dinosaurs as a kid and, big surprise, Star Wars changed my life. I shouldn't say change actually since I was so young there really wasn't much to change. I think all I had really figured out by the time I saw "The Empire Strikes Back" was...well not that much. Let's say it was more of a defining moment.

I never actually thought Luke fighting Darth Vader on Cloud City was real for a second, but I knew it looked really cool. When I found the original ILM coffee table book "ILM - The Art of Special Effects" and discovered storyboards, production/concept art, and most of all matte painting, I knew I had to be a part of that creative world.

High school kind of just went by. The only part I fondly remember were my art classes and being with my art friends late at night on Wednesday trying to get our work done on time. Taco Bell and In and Out runs became life savers. After that I studied Illustration at Cal State Northridge. Again, the art classes are what I remember the most. Or maybe all I really choose to remember.

After college, I was fortunate enough to meet some amazing matte painters like Syd Dutton and Dan Curry. Being around Dan for just a few hours here and there was incredibly enlightening. I later became involved with the Gnomon School of Visual Effects, only as an extension student however. Regardless of the fact that I was not a certificate student, being a part of Gnomon was one of the best things that has ever happened. I was surrounded by some of the most talented young artists I have ever met.

Today, I am freelancing as a matte painter and visual artists. When I'm not doing art, I like to spend my time on my other passion; martial arts. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.