College of William & Mary, 2008, BA
As a young man, I attended art school in a romantic, disheveled Victorian home in Charleston, SC. It’s now a popular brunch spot. A local painter took me under his wing and encouraged me to draw, draw, draw. I travelled to Italy, graduated from William & Mary, taught high school kids, and wrote three quarters of a boring novel… but I continued to draw. In the countryside of Connecticut, I knew my paintings and drawings lacked urgency. So I packed every belonging and settled into a East Village walkup, where I kept company with some friendly mice. I attended the New York Studio School and met inspirational figures. I painted in the historic studio of his hero, Philip Guston, and in the evenings I could convince himself of the presence of that great artistic spirit.
I began to play with paper, with shape and layering and accumulation. I moved into a cold but light filled studio in East Williamsburg. As a true child of the 80s and 90s, early influences upon his drawing came back with a vengeance. Cross section picture books, early studies of Greek mythology, classic video games, animation on Saturday mornings, and comic books. I decided to make his paper figures move. Fast forward a few years, and I still work in East Williamsburg.
I've made cutouts for the New York Times, a mural for Adidas, and illustrations for fashion brands like kate spade and Fairplay. I've crafted stop-motion and drawing based animations for soccer teams like Chelsea FC, the LA Galaxy, and the Portland Timbers. With my buddy and soccer teammate, Josh Giunta, we formed Make Savvy, a small but friendly animation and sound company. We've teamed up to make work for The Guardian, Nike, NYCFC, and Juventus FC. Our videos have been featured as Vimeo Staff Picks and even praised by the great Ronaldinho himself.