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I am a story teller, animator, illustrator and writer. I’m driven by the need to share the stories I feel are missing from the Children’s media and entertainment industry.

I owe my animation obsession to my parents. My mother would record Saturday morning cartoons on VHS and play the tape throughout the week.… Read More
I am a story teller, animator, illustrator and writer. I’m driven by the need to share the stories I feel are missing from the Children’s media and entertainment industry.

I owe my animation obsession to my parents. My mother would record Saturday morning cartoons on VHS and play the tape throughout the week. My father however is the real culprit. He introduced me to the Disney animated features that are now classics to us all.

It was not until eighth grade when I took a class trip to the Museum of Moving Image in Queens, New York. There, I decided to be an animator after exploring an exhibit about film and animation.

I knew I wanted to work for a big animation company; while attending School of Visual Arts, I took a “History of Animation” class. That class really encouraged me to begin the journey I am on now. My professor Howard Beckerman showed me, animation exists beyond Disney and Anime. I gained insight on how people in other cultures used it to share their truth, fantasies and values. I was inspired to do the same.

With shows like Dora the Explorer, Ni Hao Kai Lan and Doc McStuffins I believe there is a home for the characters I am creating. We see characters of color depicted in ways that are no longer stereotypical. They are being received with open arms.

I admit, I still watch a lot of cartoons and even Sesame Street. I have gained interest in illustrations in children books as well. Besides animation I love discovering new music and engaging with other artists (musicians, writers, photographers, etc). My artistic journey humbles me. New adventures are on my horizon and I look forward to meeting them head on. Read Less
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