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Assistant Professor, Entertainment Art/Animation
Location: VA 189A
Phone: (657) 278 - 2079
Contact the Art Department Office at (657) 278 -3471 for current office hours
I earned my undergraduate degree in Animation at Rhode Island School of Design. After graduation, I moved to Los Angeles to work as a storyboard artist on Family Guy at Fox TV Animation. I went on to storyboard at other studios, such as MTV, the Discovery Channel, Disney and Dreamworks, and worked at studios producing content for the web, including Disney Online and Neopets.
My early teaching experiences include teaching drawing classes to the public at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. I returned to school and earned my MFA in Drawing at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. While living in New England, I taught drawing and animation classes at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and became the Artist-in-Residence at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
In 2007, I was hired to teach animation at California State University Fullerton. My traditional animation work experience greatly influences my teaching style, however I have also created independent animated films and believe in developing my students’ creativity in addition to their technical skills. Understanding and appreciating animation in all its varied formats is an important part of what I teach.