I work as a 2D animator and story artist at Laika in Portland, Oregon. I grew up here and the rainy weather allowed me to stay inside a lot and draw stuff, during which time I taught myself animation. I skipped college altogether and began working professionally at age 17, the summer after high school. Over the next 15 years, animation took me to exotic, far away places like Canada, New York, San Francisco, and dark, untamed Los Angeles. Portland called me home at last and I made my first short film, ‘Pinched’. This caught the attention of the talented folks at Laika, where I continue to draw stuff to this day.