I grew up in Vermont, making movies in the woods with my sister, and I have forever been conscious of narratives and cinematography. The challenge of shooting footage in one day and editing it all into something coherent made me look at how films flow from one scene to the next, and see the importance of composition. Later on, I saw animation as the perfect blend of the art I like to draw and the scenes I like to film. As I became more involved with the medium, I realized that there were many boundaries I hadn't crossed yet. While my work remains rooted in reality, I have grown fond of bending it and shaping it. Pathways can be distorted, and flat surfaces can become curved and expansive beyond realistic physics. With animation, any landscape and atmostphere is possible.
I graduated this year from Bates College with a B.A. in both Studio Art and Music Composition. My senior thesis was a stop-motion animation film, The Forger, for which I provided story, animation, and soundtrack. In this movie, I wanted to reference the quiet, disjointed architecture of Italian hillside towns. While developing this world, I became interested in the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico. I tried to emulate that atmosphere, with its lonely cityscapes and distorted perspective. Yet for all the brooding architecture, I see something whimsical about this work that draws me in.