Tell us a little bit about yourself and your animation.
I was born in Colorado, grown throughout several Midwestern states, and currently reside in northern Minnesota. I was allowed to watch lots of cartoons growing up, which were a heavy influence on how I approached art in my younger years. I never really thought about being an animator when i was a kid though, I just knew I wanted to make art in general. It wasn’t until I understood how animation was made that I realized I could pursue it as an art form. Once that happened, I became addicted to it, and wanted to learn all about it. At this point in my life I am certain that animation will be my lifelong pursuit.
Why do you like animation?
I love it for so many reasons, mostly because it is honestly the most versatile, collective, and limitless of art forms. It allows me to use any medium of creation within a format of time, space, and sound. I am able to create any experience that I can imagine, a fully choreographed moment, for viewers to take in as a collective audience. Within a film create life, watch it grow, and let it die.
Tell us about this short.
“Worm” was influenced by Takashi Murata, Adam Beckett, and MRI scanning. It is an attempt to create the sense of three dimensional forms through using hand drawn two dimensional animated loops.
Do you do other kinds of art that inform your animation work?
Who are some of your favorite/inspirational animators?
Is Minnesota a good place to do animation? And what do we need here to make it a better place for animation?