About Me

Here's My Story

Hello! Thank you for checking out my work!

I am a 25-year-old 3D artist, fine artist, and designer. I am currently based in San Antonio, Texas and recently earned my MFA in Computer Art focusing in all aspects of 3D animation and VFX from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. On a full ride art scholarship, I received a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 and I also have a huge passion for the fine arts as well. I am originally from Chicagoland and spent over a year of my life traveling and studying art around Australia and Europe.

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The most inspirational time in my life was when I traveled around the world for 14 months during my undergraduate career. I backpacked for over 100 days throughout Europe and Australia, exploring 17 countries, over 100 cities and met some of the most amazing people. While in Australia, I discovered my passion for the 3D world; as soon as I graduated from UIUC, I was on a plane to one of the top schools in the world for this career path, SVA. I love what I do and am only excited for the future.

The other very influential part of my life occurred during high school. Being an athlete my whole life, I was very active achieving a black belt in tae kwon do, being a varsity cheerleader, and competing gymnastics for most of my life. When I was 15 I broke my back at a gymnastics practice, and after a very hard recovery I was back in the gym. I had many injuries during my time that I overcame, but everything in my life changed in September 2006; I was in a career ending neck injury that has since required 10 back procedures for recovery. This accident turned my life upside down for years and is the biggest hardship I have ever dealt with, but today I can say I view it as a positive event. For physical therapy, I started taking art classes and discovered what I would do with the rest of my life, then becoming completely immersed in the arts. This event has completely shaped my character and I live life not afraid to go big and shoot for anything. I take pride that I thrive on opportunity and that I can keep my motivation level high, taking positivity out of any hard situation.

{Feel free to download my resume
at the top of the page}

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Experience & Volunteer

Rootberz, LLC 3D Artist & Designer

San Antonio, TX USA

October 2014 – Current

Obtuse Animation Freelance 2D Artist

New York, New York USA

April 2015 – Current

Texas Prostethic Center Freelance 3D Artist

San Antonio, TX USA

March 2015 – Current

Dirt Empire Freelance 3D Environment Artist

New York, New York USA

January 2015 – March 2015

Gitterman Wealth Management, LLC Freelance Graphic Designer

New York, New York USA

January 2015

Rashaad Newsome Studio Freelance 3D Artist

New York, New York USA

October 2014 – November 2014

Fugitive Love Freelance 3D Artist

New York, New York USA

September 2014 – October 2014

SIGGRAPH Freelance 3D Artist

New York, New York USA

June 2014 – August 2014

HBO Freelance 3D Artist

New York, New York USA

June 2014

NBCUniversal 3D Generalist Intern

New York, New York USA

June 2013 – December 2013

State Farm Graphic Design Intern

Champaign, Illinois USA

August 2011 – May 2012

Volunteer Various Events

Relay for Life {participant}
ONE Benefit {graphic designer}
Run 10, Feed 10, 10K {staff}
Cycle for Survival {staff}
SELF Workout in the Park {staff}

NYC ACM SIGGRAPH Local Chapter Member

New York, NY USA

2013 – Present

Graphic Design Students at Illinois Member

Champaign, Illinois USA

2008 – 2012

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Education & Abroad

School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Art

New York, New York USA

September 2012 – May 2014 {expected}

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign BFA Graphic Design

Champaign, Illinois USA

August 2008 – May 2012

Northumbria University Study Abroad

Newcastle upon Tyne, England

January – June 2011

University of New South Wales Exchange Program

Sydney, Australia

July – November 2010

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Honors & Awards

MFA Thesis Finishing Grant

Awarded to a MFA student at the School of Visual
Arts currently working on a thesis project

Sony Pictures Imageworks IPAX Sande Scoredos Scholarship

For exemplary achievements and truly special talent
and passion for film, effects, and animation

Clyde Davis Fully Funded Art Scholarship

Chosen from over 500 students to receive a fully funded
scholarship to UIUC for four years

Clyde Davis Study Abroad Scholarship

Exchange Study Abroad Scholarship

Chosen from over forty students for a fully funded tuition
scholarship in Australia

Lois Marie Orr Art Scholarship

Awarded to students based on portfolio review

UIUC James Scholar

Must keep at least a 3.5 GPA and complete an honors course
each semester

Libertyville High School Art Scholarship

Chosen from the 500 graduating seniors


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Skills & Expertise

Maya, MEL, Houdini, RealFlow, Adobe Creative Suite, 3D Studio Max, zBrush,
Mudbox, Nuke, Python, Illustration, Ceramics, Sculpture, Printmaking,
Screen Printing, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, PHP, RSS, XML, XSL, Audacity, Final Cut Pro

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Awards, Exhibitions & Publications

SVA MFA Thesis Show — 2014

SVA MFA Exhibition — 2014

UIUC BFA Exhibition — 2012

Fifth Story Gallery Exhibit — four works 2008–2010

Dean’s Choice Award — Best of Show 2009

Top Forty Drawings — two works 2008–2009

MONTAGE Literary Magazine Feature — three works 2008–2009

UIUC Union Gallery Exhibit — ten works 2008–2009

Libertyville High School Art Show — 2004–2008

Highest Score on Drawing Advanced Placement Portfolio — 2008

North Suburban Conference — first place drawing 2008

“LISA” Art Show — top five drawing 2008

Highest Score on 3D Advanced Placement Portfolio — 2007

North Suburban Conference — first place sculpture 2007

“LISA” Art Show — top five sculpture 2007

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Workout Alerts — Android App

Brilliant Futures — Article

WedDesignMash — Two works chosen top 21 charcoal drawings

paperblog — Chosen as feature blog

Fifth Story Gallery — Three Features

Fifth Story Gallery — Feature

UIUC BFA Exhbition — Feature

Montage Literary Arts Journal — Three Features

Society6 — Shop

Etsy - Shop

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