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Background designer/ visual development artist;  Oddbot, Glendale, CA (6/2022 - 8/7/23)

"Kindergarten: The Musical" Disney+ series- visual development, background design and paint

Adjunct Instructor;  Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA (8/2019- current)

Teaching background design and Photoshop digital painting on Saturdays (Remote via Zoom)

Background designer;   Six Point Harness, Los Angeles, CA ( 5/2022 to 6/2022)

Designed and painted backgrounds in 2D/3D for undisclosed pilot

Background designer;    Warner Brothers Animation, Burbank, CA (4/2021 - 1/2022, 8/2018 - 2/2021 and 7/2017 - 9/2017)

"Injustice" - background paint

"Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match" - background paint

"Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind" - background paint

"Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge" - background paint

"Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms" - background paint

"Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons" - background paint

"Teen Titans Go to the Movies" - background design and paint

"Babylon 5: The Road home" - background paint

"Supernatural" - background layout

"Scooby Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog" color design

Visual development for various undisclosed DTV projects

Concept artist (freelance);    DreamWorks TV, Glendale, CA (11/2020 - 2/2021)

Visual development for Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight.

Key background designer (freelance);   Fox Animation Studios, Los Angeles, CA (6/2018 - 3/2019 and 11/2013- 2/2014)

“Cosmos- A Spacetime Odyssey” - designed and painted over 100 key backgrounds

“Cosmos- Possible Worlds” - designed and painted over 150 key backgrounds

Concept artist (freelance);    Disney Television Animation, Burbank, CA (11/2017 and 6-7/2014)

Visual development of environment design for an undisclosed project.

Visual development of early environment concepts for "Elena of Avalor".

Background designer;    Warner Brothers Animation, Burbank, CA (7/2017 - 9/2017)

Designed and painted backgrounds for "Teen Titans Go to the Movies". 


Art director;    Warner Brothers Animation, Burbank, CA (1/2015 - 3/2017)

Supervised all 3D design and color (characters, backgrounds. props and EFX) on two "Lego DC Superhero Girls"

DTV feature films as well as various 3D Lego shorts. Title sequence design and color.

Created approximately 250 color script images, as well as supervised background layout and final color BG paintings for all episodes and title sequence of "Bunnicula" (Cartoon Network/ Boomerang).


Background designer;    Shadowmachine, Los Angeles, CA (2014)

Designed and painted backgrounds for "Bojack Horseman"  (Netflix)  Also provided additional animation.


Background designer;    Nickelodeon, Burbank, CA (2014)

Designed and painted backgrounds for "Breadwinners".


Background designer;    Bento Box, North Hollywood, CA (2013-2014)

Layout design and visual development for "Brickleberry" (Comedy Central).


Background designer;    Renegade, Glendale, CA (2013-2014)

Layout design and visual development for "The Tom and Jerry Show" (Warner Bros).


Background designer;    Oddbot, Los Angeles, CA (2011-2012)

Designed and illustrated backgrounds for a series of Disney Club Penguin shorts.


Background designer and animator;    Six Point Harness, Hollywood, CA (2010-2011)

Painted layouts and final color work for Tom Hanks' series "Electric City" and MTV's "Good Vibes".


Background designer and animator;    Film Roman, Burbank, CA (2008-2010)

Supervised animation on "Spaceballs" (G4 Network) and "Hoops n Yoyo" (Hallmark Channel).


Animator;    Bento Box, Burbank, CA (2010)

Animated in ToonBoom Harmony on "Neighbors from Hell" (TBS/Dreamworks).


Animation consultant;    Film Roman, Burbank, CA (2006-2007)

Consulted on 2D digital production pipelines and and taught digital storyboarding on Slacker Cats (ABC Family).

Animator;    Renegade, Glendale, CA (2004-2009)

Worked on "The Mr Men Show" "Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi" (Cartoon Network).

Designed and animated all animation effects for "Christmas is Here Again" feature film.

Animator;   Comedy Central, Burbank, CA (2003)

Created character and effects animation in Flash for "Kid Notorious".

Technical director;   Revolution Studios (Sony), Santa Monica, CA (2002)

Built scenes and blocked-in animation for the Flash-animated feature film "Lil Pimp".

Assistant animator/ inker;   Reelworks Animation Studio, Minneapolis, MN (1996-2001)

Animated traditional cel animation, inked cels and created pencil tests for commercials.



Freelance Clients


Aaron Sims Company


Bento Box

Cartoon Network


Comedy Central

Disney Television Animation

Dreamworks Television

Film Roman

Fox Animation Studios


Kurtz and Friends

The Mayo Clinic

Mechanical Moon

Oak Films



Priness Bento


Revolution Studios

Six Point Harness


Unbound Studios

USC School of Engineering

Warner Brothers Animation

Warner Brothers Online

West-Lund Productions

Wild Brain

Wild Canary

Xyla Entertainment






ToonBoom Harmony

After Effects



Final Cut

Sketch Up




Animation Guild Local 839



Freelance Experience

Background layout and paint for "Smiling Friends", Princess Bento, (Australia) 2021

Background paint for Babylon 5 DTV project, Warner Brothers Animation, 2021

Background layout for "Bless the Harts" seasons 1 and 2, Titmouse, 2019 and 2020

Visual development/ environment design for "Zeke Polka" Disney pitch project,  2018


Background layout and painting all environments for "Bush Leaguers" short pitch project, 2018

Background layout for "Scooby Doo Supernatural", Warner Brothers Animation, 2017

Cover image and illustrations for USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s print magazine, 2015


Concept art for Miranda Sajdak's "Riveting" selected as a finalist in the "Next MacGuyver" competition, 2015


Eight concept paintings for USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s print magazine, 2014


Design and animation for a clip used in a music video, Aaron Sims Company 2014


Art direction and background visual development on shorts for Hallmark’s Spiritclips, 2013


“The Future is Now” Art direction on short for The Mayo Clinic’s Board of Governors, 2012


"Steampunk Chronicles" created all backgrounds for videogame, Xyla Entertainment, Trenton, NJ 2012


“Neighbors from Hell” Character animation on teaser pilot for Dreamworks, 2009


“American Primitive” Photoshop background designs for title sequence of feature film, 2008


Art director on "Legend of the Chihuahua" for Sam Hurwitz Productions/ Disney, 2008


“Horton Hears a Who!” Traditional FX animation for Joey Mildenberger’s Mechanical Moon, 2008


“Are We Done Yet” Animated on title sequence for live action feature film, Kurtz and Friends, 2007


“The Sun Show” Animation for Eric Goldberg and Andreas Deja’s sun safety short film, 2006


Art direction and visual development on "Fairfield" film noir animated short film, 2006



St. Olaf College; Northfield, MN

Bachelor of arts in Studio Art

Kansas City Art Institute; Kansas City, MO

Mobility Student


Lakeville High School; Lakeville, MN

Graduated with honors


Additional classes at Gnomon, Concept Design Academy, Art Center College of Design, The Animation Union and The Los Angeles Figurative Academy

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