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I'm an illustrator, animator (with a love for rotoscoping) and art director based in San Francisco. I'm also adjunct faculty at UC Berkeley Extension where I teach Animation Design and Video Production and Visual Design Principles courses. I enjoy empowering creativity in people and guest lectured animation at Google and California College of the Arts.

I was awarded Master of Design degree with Interdisciplinary Excellence from OCAD University, where I directed and animated award-winning short film Phases of Dance (2017). I was the principal animator for Matt Gallagher’s latest film PREY (2019), which is nominated for two 2020 Canadian Screen Awards and won best Canadian documentary at the Hot Docs festival.

I specialize on rotoscope animation and visual music. I'm passionate about tennis and latin dancing which have a big impact on my animation practice as a way for exploring movement and rhythm.


ESPN, Google, L'Oréal, Philips, Variety Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Walrus, Grey Goose, World Wildlife Fund, Toronto Metro Convention Centre, Holt Renfrew, Much Music, Lindt, H&R Block, University of Toronto, etc.





  • "Phases of Dance", winner of the 2D animation category, International Festival of Animated Dance, Réunion Island, France
  • Maureen Furniss Award for Best Student Paper on Animated Media honorable mention, The Society for Animation Studies (SAS)
  • Emru Townsend Award, The Society for Animation Studies (SAS)
  • Award for Interdisciplinary Excellence, OCAD University, Toronto
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, OCAD University, Toronto
  • MAS Film Competition winner, Martial Arts Studies Conference, Cardiff University, Wales UK



  • UC Berkeley ExtensionAdjunct Faculty, Art and Design Department. San Francisco, Feb 2019 - Ongoing
  • OCAD University, External Examiner for Digital Futures Graduate Thesis Defence. "What’s Most Fun: A Framework to Protect Creativity in the Age of Instagram" by Tabitha Fisher, April 2020
  • UC Berkeley Extension, Guest Lecturer - Graphic and Web Design Portfolio, March 2020
  • OCAD University, Guest Speaker, IAMD Thesis Seminar, Graduate Studies, Jan 2020
  • Toronto Animated Image Society, Instructor - Rotoscoping Animation workshop, Jan 2020
  • Google, Instructor - Rotoscoping Animation workshop, Mountain View, Nov 2019
  • California College of the Arts (CCA), Guest Lecturer - After Effects Animation, Nov 2019
  • Society for Animation Studies 31st Annual Conference, Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon, Portugal. “Animation and Its Others: Expressive Reciprocities in Visual, Aural, and Verbal Imagination”, June 2019
  • Toronto Animated Image Society, Instructor - Rotoscoping Animation workshop, Feb 2019
  • FAMU (Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts), Guest Lecturer, Prague, 2018
  • Society for Animation Studies 30th Annual Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. “Drawn to Motion: Drawing, Temporality, and Embodied Languages of Movement”, 2018
  • SAS Symposium 2018: Animation and Philosophy, Stuttgart, Germany; in conjunction with The Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, 2018
  • Tutorial Leader - Modern American Illustration, Faculty of Design, OCAD University (2017 - 2018)
  • Judging Board member for the Emru Townsend Award, The Society for Animation Studies (SAS), 2018
  • Toronto Animated Image Society, Instructor, Rotoscoping Animation workshop, 2018
  • Guest Speaker, IAMD Graduate Thesis Seminar, OCAD University, Toronto, 2018
  • Teacher Assistant, OCAD University, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences courses:
    // Advertising: Art of Persuasion
    // Global Visual and Material Culture: Prehistory to 1800s

    // Global Visual and Material Culture: 1800s to Present

  • Society for Animation Studies 29th Annual Conference, University of Padova, Italy, 2017
  • IAMD Admissions Committee Student Representative, Graduate Studies, OCAD University, Toronto, 2017
  • Assist. Instructor, Stop Motion workshop, Toronto Animated Image Society, 2017
  • Panelist, Summer Studies Info Session, Graduate Studies, OCAD University, Toronto, 2017
  • Panelist, IAMD Program Info Night, Graduate Studies, OCAD University, Toronto, 2016
  • Martial Arts Studies Conference, Cardiff University, Wales, UK, 2016
  • Instructor, Visual Arts department, WICE, Paris, France, 2013 - 2014


  • Be There Design Festival, film screening, Hong Kong (2019)
  • International Festival of Animated Dance, Réunion Island, France (2018)
  • PAF Olomouc Festival, AniScreen Long Story Short Special Screening, Czech Republic (2018)
  • Toronto Metro Convention Centre, digital walls screening, Canada (2018)
  • CBC TV, Exhibitionists S03 E10, (2017)
  • Fighting Spirit Film Festival film screening, London, UK (2017)
  • GradEx Annual Graduate Exhibition, OCAD University, Toronto (2017)
  • Phases of Dance solo exhibition, Open Space Gallery, Toronto (2017)
  • Martial Arts Studies Conference film screening, Cardiff University, Wales UK (2016)
  • Hello Graduate exhibition, OCAD University, Toronto (2016)
  • Unguarded Graduate exhibition, OCAD University, Toronto (2015)


  • Master of Design, Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design, OCAD University, Toronto (2015 - 2017). Thesis focus: moving image media, animation design, rotoscoping, embodiment, performance.
  • Bachelor of Design, Fashion Communication Major, Ryerson University, Toronto (2006 - 2010)
  • TESOL Teacher Training Certificate, Oxford Seminars, Toronto (2014)
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