The Well of Lost Souls

When I was growing up there was one person that was always happy to sit and listen to me ramble on about my young adventures. She was my rock in a stormy childhood and my friend when I really needed one. She was the hamburger pizza maestro, the tamale pie matador, and the lemon lime jello master with the three MC's. That wonderful sweet old lady, was my Grandma.........when she passed away it felt like my heart was ripped out of my chest...........but I felt there was no better way to remember her and keep her close to me than to make an animation about her.

The "Well of Lost Souls" was my second year film that I made as a graduate student in the MFA Animation program at UCLA. It was a great journey of growth as an animator and as an adult. The experience at UCLA changed me and gave me the confidence to pursue life as an artist full time.

A Backpack and a Sketchbook is All I Really Need

After 13 years of traveling around Asia, I told myself that on this last trip I wouldn't come back to the USA until I finished my book project. Well, I am back and the book is finished.

Tunnel of The MInd

 The book is titled "Tunnels of the Mind". It is an illustrated adventure that uses pipes as a symbol of connection between people we meet, the books we read, and the experiences we have, past, present, and future. It started when I sold everything I had and headed to Europe with my sketchbooks and a backpack. I lived cheap staying in hostels in Paris sketching the people I met and the collecting ideas around me. Some of my favorite paintings came from sketches that I started in Paris, Prague, Tokyo, Kyoto, Bangkok, and Taipei.e The sketchbooks kept filling up and it turned out that on this journey I had filled up nearly fifty sketchbooks with enchanted forests, cyborgs, friendly creatures, post apocalyptic adventures, and pharmaceutical nightmares. I am still pulling from these sketchbooks to create new paintings. It was a great experience finishing this it lead me to my life today in Brooklyn, New York.



One of these sketches I finally painted last week and put the Giclee prints in the online store. It is the "Gas Mask Boy". He is an adventurer that is a true survivor. He can get through toxic environments, and deal with toxic people. He holds the key in his hand to unlock his dreams as he journeys onward and upward. He is a bit like the "the Fool", in the tarot cards, starting out on a grand journey to chase his dreams and to never give up until he creates the life he is always imagined. Which leads me to my own story as I landed in Brooklyn, New York to build a life in this magical and chaotic city, always striving to improve, and always climbing through the tunnels that will lead me to my dreams.