I was born in 1972 and grew up in rural Ontario. I was fortunate to have a big ancient barn to play in. Despite an acute allergy to hay, I would build elaborate hay forts despite the itchy consequences. We also had woods and swamps nearby to explore. During those weeks of the summer when too much pollen was about, I'd retreat to my room where I would draw, build elaborate things out of lego, and make primitive computer graphics on my Commodore 64. If I really liked something I'd built out of lego, I would draw instructions on graph paper for how to build it again.
I moved to Toronto to attend the Ontario College of Art & Design in 1993. There I studied illustration. As of 2008 I work in visual effects for film and TV as an environment artist, though I still find time for drawing and doing the occasional illustration.
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