I was born and raised in San Jose California during it’s rapid growth of becoming the silicon valley hotbed of new ideas and business. After a summer in art college at age 14, I landed a full time job as a caricature artist at 16, and by 17 was an illustrator for an advertising agency and a political cartoonist for the local San Jose paper.
By 21, I had already established his own art studio helping clients such as Apple computer and IBM with his award winning characters, art and story. The studio grew to include newspapers, magazines and top advertising agencies to it’s list of happy clients. By the late 80’s, animation began to enter my life as I went back to college to new studies in the art of adding motion to my characters. My first film garnered a Student Academy Award and Focus film award, and was soon showing on NBC television and many top film festivals such as Sundance. Further film work led to ID spots for MTV and an invitation to pitch an animated series to a new cable network called Nickelodeon. When the series “Rocko’s Modern Life” was picked up, I moved my studio to the Los Angeles area to take advantage of the extended talent pool.
“Rocko’s Modern Life” debuted in 1993 to high ratings and still continues airing its initial episodes as well as becoming one of the hottest selling DVD’s of the summer of 2013. The studio continued on with new clients and a host of children’s books for such publishers as Random House. One of those children’s book ideas became the genesis for a new series developed for Cartoon Network called “Camp Lazlo”. My studio produced the series along with Cartoon Network, with the highly rated show winning several international awards as well as two prime time Emmy Awards.
My studio continues to work developing new ideas and characters for various companies on a commission and consulting basis. I authored a book for WatsonGuptil/Random House and the studio is currently in production of my independent film “Fish Head” as well as a new pilot for a series for PBS kids and International distribution.
I live and works in the Los Angeles area with my Wife Aleide and my 3 children.