I have been directing and animating short films and commercials of all kinds (drawn, stop-motion, digital mixed-media) since graduating from Emily Carr University in 2000. Much of that has happened at Head Gear Animation in Toronto. Recently I've started an outdoor drawing series called #drawnoutside.

My independent films have screened at hundreds of festivals and won many top awards including the Annecy Public Prize, Best Short Film Award at Cinanima Portugal, CromaFest Mexico, and Italy's VIEW conference, and Best Children's Film Award at Animafest Zagreb and Earthvision Japan, and finalist for the UNICEF prize at the Japan Prize for Education al Media. I have been awarded grants from the Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils, and the NFB.

Multiple commercial awards include Broadcast Design Awards, OneShow Design, Applied Arts, Art Director's Club, NY Festivals, Lotus, Worldfest, and more. Recently I was a finalist for TBrandStudio's "The Selects" animation program.

I have taught Character Design at Sheridan College's animation program, and the Toronto Animated Image Society. I've lectured about my work at Cutout Fest in Mexico, SVA in New York, OCAD University, and the Taipei Film Festival.

I have a special interest in character design, blending handmade and digital techniques, and exploring nature and environmental themes for audiences of all ages.

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