My love for cartoons has been a constant in my life. I can still vividly recall those early Saturday mornings from my childhood, when my brother and I would sneak out of bed, tiptoe down the hall past our parents' room, and settle in front of the TV. With the volume barely audible, we'd sit cross-legged, as close to the screen as possible, to enjoy our favorite shows without waking anyone.
Three decades have passed, but my passion for cartoons and animation remains as strong as ever.
In 2022, I had the privilege of meeting the legendary Tom Ruegger & Paul Rugg, defining figures in the world of animation. To my astonishment and joy, they both hired me to draw and recreate characters and scenes from their iconic cartoons. The opportunity to work with someone whose creations have inspired me for years was a dream come true, and I couldn't be more excited to bring their characters to life and am grateful to call both of them friends.
In 2015, a dream of mine came true. My lifelong love for cartoons, both watching and drawing, came full circle when I had the incredible opportunity to meet two of my favorite people in the whole world: the amazing Rob Paulsen and Jess Harnell, a.k.a. Yakko and Wakko Warner from 'Animaniacs'. I've been fortunate enough to share my artwork with them, and even more so, to have had several opportunities to work on projects with them directly. It's surreal to think that I now get to draw cartoons for some of my favorite... cartoons! My younger self would have never believed it possible.
A little something I drew that Bob Bergen (the voice of Porky Pig) was kind enough to record for me and I turned it into a quick bit of animation. The story ended up being shown on news stations all across the country to remind people to "stay home and stay safe" in March of 2020
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