I'm a 3D generalist with broad experience in all parts of the 3D pipeline and across multiple industries. I've worked in video games, commercials, visualizations, medical devices, marketing, simulations, and global branding initiatives. My primary interests are lighting, rendering, and texturing. In addition I've been teaching at the college level and doing corporate training for almost a decade with experience in instructional design and team management.
I like to solve problems and find solutions that many people don't have the patience or persistence to find. I am one of just three people from the US with a certification in V-Ray 3 for 3DS Max. If you need a technical minded artist with a love of learning and a passion for process and persistence, I'm your man.
I managed to travel a lot of miles as a kid. I've lived on Christmas tree farms, dairy farms, in the inner city, suburbs, and on both coasts. From the rocky coasts of Oregon to the sandy beaches of Cape Cod, I've been there. The combination of rural, urban, and suburban living has given me some perspectives that I think I might otherwise have been missing.
Part of living in the country is learning how to entertain yourself. Living on a Christmas tree farm as a kid was fun and the games of hide-and-go seek were nothing short of epic. The downside there of course is that the nearest neighbor is a kingdom of trees away, for a kid. To spice things up a bit, my father was very generous and bought me a Commodore 64 computer when I was 8 or 9 years old. I totally disassembled it when I got it home (down to the motherboard) and it almost gave him a coronary. I was able to get it back together and I've been building and working with computers ever since.
My mother kept us busy by having "Art Night" multiple times a week, where we would explore painting, drawing, Play-Doh, Legos, you name it. The sky was the limit, and we would sit down and create things together for hours and hours. I had hand painted "Construx" robot T-Rex's that were sporting the latest in contemporary polka dot fashion, all whilst sculpting a bowl or sheath for flinging flamboyantly colored rocks for distance. Despite my carefully constructed plans and painstakingly detailed illustrations I never was able to convince the makers of Voltron via numerous handwritten letters that the 'barnyard animal' robot collection was a winning move. But I tried.
My family loves animals, and they are a central part of my life. I just can't resist petting a dog or trying to convince geese not to attack me by bribing them with bread crusts. I like the challenge that is relating to and winning over animals, likely due to their sheer honesty. My mother has a farm with two of those tiny "Lil' Sebastian" Shetland sheep ponies, horses, goats, doves, rabbits, dogs, cats, you name it.
I love cars. Through pure chance, I ended up on a Nascar pit crew when I lived in Philadelphia. Though we were minor league, it was a good time and I got a chance to work in an environment that was a bit different for me and learn about race cars. Since then I've been restoring and repairing my own cars whenever I can simply for the sheer fun of it, and though I'm not a speed demon myself I do appreciate the advances in engineering that got us to our current point in history.
Lastly, I like to learn about and try new things, no matter how weird or mundane. I am currently on a side quest to create the perfect balsamic vinegar reduction, I'm four years in and still perfecting it. I like to have my eggs in multiple baskets and it's not uncommon for me to have a side business or two I'm try to cultivate as I work on my career advancement. I like to credit it to the entrepreneurial spirit of my mother combined with the sheer dedication and willpower of my father, and of course the love and support of my wonderful wife.
Portland, OR 97321