Concept Artist (freelance);    DreamWorks TV, Glendale, CA (11/2020 - current)

Visual development for an undisclosed project.

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

Teaching animation background painting class on Saturdays

Background Designer;    Warner Brothers Animation, Burbank, CA (8/2018 to 11/2020)

Painting backgrounds for "Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge" and various DC comics DTV features

Background paint and prop coloring for "Scooby Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog" and "Scooby Doo Krypto"

Key Background Designer (freelance);   Fox Animation Studios, Los Angeles, CA (6/2018 - 2/2019)

Designed and painted over 150 key backgrounds for “Cosmos- Possible Worlds”  (Fox)

Concept Artist (freelance);    Disney Television Animation, Burbank, CA (11/2017)

Visual development of early environment concepts for an undisclosed project

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 (1/2016 - 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 Lego shorts. Title sequence design and color.


Art Director;    Warner Brothers Animation, Burbank, CA (1/2015 - 1/2016)

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

Concept Artist (freelance);    Disney Television Animation, Burbank, CA (2014)

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


Key Background Designer;    Fox Animation Studios, Los Angeles, CA (2013-2014)

Designed and painted over 100 key backgrounds for “Cosmos- A Spacetime Oddysey”  (Fox)


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 production pipelines and taught digital storyboarding to artists working 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 all FX sequences 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

Blitz Digital

Brooks Larson

Cartoon Network


Comedy Central

Dan Lund

Disney Television Animation

Dreamworks Television

Film Roman

Fox Animation Studios


Kurtz and Friends

The Mayo Clinic

Mechanical Moon

Oak Films



Pride and Joy

Perry Zombolas


Revolution Studios

Six Point Harness

Steve Belfer


Unbound Studios

USC School of Engineering

Warner Brothers Animation

Warner Brothers Online

Wild Brain

Wild Canary

Xyla Entertainment






ToonBoom Harmony

After Effects



Final Cut

Sketch Up




Animation Guild Local 839



Freelance Experience

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

Background layout and paint for "Bunnicula", Warner Brothers Animation, 2016

Cover image 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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