I grew up in rural Connecticut. After earning my BA in Fine Art from Yale University, I traveled extensively and worked as an interior designer in New York. In 1999 I was selected as a fellow at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. I got my MFA in 2001 from the University of Texas at Austin and then spent about five years painting, teaching and working in galleries.
During those years I learned HTML, CSS and Flash and gained experience making sites for other artists. I spent some time with Consensus (formerly LetsTalk.com), building UI and marketing collateral for the cell phone and wireless service industries. Along the way I took an online Stanford University course in Human Computer Interactions through Coursera.
Around 2005 I developed a passion for computer graphics, animation and visual effects. I studied at San Francisco State University and Gnomon School of Visual Effects, focusing on 3-D digital texturing and lighting. I also volunteered as a production assistant for the stop-motion project Halfland. I currently live in New York.