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Hello! I'm an illustrator, 2D animator (with a love 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 short film Phases of Dance (2017). The film was screened at festivals and conferences in Hong Kong, France, Italy, Canada and Czech Republic. I created animations for Matt Gallagher’s latest film PREY (2019), which won the Hot Docs Rogers Audience Choice Award for best Canadian Feature along with DGC Special Jury Prize.

I specialize on rotoscope animation and visual music. I'm passionate about tennis, dance, and music, 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 (WWF), Toronto Metro Convention Centre (MTCC), Holt Renfrew, Much Music, Lindt, Orca Book Publishers, H&R Block, University of Toronto, Dress to Kill, etc.


  • UC Berkeley Extension, Adjunct Faculty, Art and Design Department. San Francisco, Feb 2019 - Ongoing
  • 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 (Jan 2019)
  • International Festival of Animated Dance, Réunion Island, France (Dec 2018)
  • PAF Olomouc Festival, AniScreen Long Story Short Special Screening, Czech Republic (July 2018)
  • Toronto Metro Convention Centre, digital walls screening, Canada (May - Oct 2018)
  • CBC TV, Exhibitionists S03 E10, (Dec 2017)
  • Fighting Spirit Film Festival film screening, London, UK (Sept 2017)
  • GradEx Annual Graduate Exhibition, OCAD University, Toronto (April 2017)
  • Phases of Dance solo exhibition, Open Space Gallery, Toronto (March 2017)
  • Martial Arts Studies Conference film screening, Cardiff University, Wales UK (July 2016)
  • Hello Graduate exhibition, OCAD University, Toronto (April 2016)
  • Unguarded Graduate exhibition, OCAD University, Toronto (Nov 2015)


  • "Phases of Dance", winner of the 2D animation category, International Festival of Animated Dance, Réunion Island, France (Dec 2018)
  • Maureen Furniss Award for Best Student Paper on Animated Media honorable mention, The Society for Animation Studies (SAS) (2018)
  • Emru Townsend Award, The Society for Animation Studies (SAS) (2017)
  • Award for Interdisciplinary Excellence, OCAD University, Toronto (2017)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, OCAD University, Toronto (2016/2017)
  • MAS Film Competition winner, Martial Arts Studies Conference, Cardiff University, Wales UK (July 2016)



  • 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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