My story begins as the third of four children born to Portuguese immigrants way back in 1979. Since I can remember, I had a pencil and was drawing the things around me- usually making fun of them. I spent a lot of time in the back of classrooms drawing my classmates and teachers. I spent lot of nights and weekends drawing and studying Mad Magazine. I won a few art contests in elementary and middle school. In High School I went to Vocational School for Commercial Arts.
I graduated from Cartoon College The Art Institute of Philadelphia Specializing in Animation, where I studied classic hand drawn animation as well as 3D animation. After graduation I began drawing caricatures at the local theme park. I moved on to draw and render graphics and animation for training software. During this time I animated personal projects sending them to anyone in the industry that I could. I landed my first full time job as an animator for iCaramba communications working on the first Latino Animated cartoon “La Familia” later renamed Lugar Heights.
To become a more well rounded artist, I always varied the industries I have worked in.
I have worked as Interactive Art Director in the Advertising Industry. I’ve also built and managed teams to develop training software for the medical device industry.
Now, I am working on my own apps, books and commission projects.