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I'm an animator, illustrator and director, specializing on rotoscoping animation technique. I currently animate Undone TV series on Amazon Prime, as part of the creative team at Minnow Mountain. 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'm passionate about tennis, latin dancing and music, which have a big impact on my animation practice as a way for exploring movement and rhythm.


The New York Times, GoogleAmazon Prime, ESPN, 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.


Use the form here to join the waitlist for upcoming rotoscoping animation and illustration workshops. I will be teaching them live online via Zoom.





  • "Prey", Canadian Screen Awards, 2020 Best Feature Length Documentary / Nomination
  • "Prey", Canadian Screen Awards, 2020 Best Editing in a Feature Documentary / Winner
  • "Prey", Hot Docs, 2019 Audience Choice Award for Best Canadian Feature / Winner
  • "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
  • Toronto Animated Image Society, Instructor - Drawing Techniques for Rotoscoping Animation, Feb 2021
  • Google, Instructor - Watercolor Illustration workshop, Dec 2020
  • Google, Instructor - Watercolor Botanicals workshop, Nov 2020
  • Toronto Animated Image Society, Instructor - Rotoscoping Animation Masterclass, Oct - Nov 2020
  • UC Berkeley Extension, Guest Lecturer - Graphic and Web Design Portfolio, Oct 2020
  • Toronto Animated Image Society, Instructor - Visual Music Animation workshop, Oct 2020
  • 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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