What is your background and how did you get into creating what you make now?
I was both a cartoonist and a photo-realistic painter in college, and after I graduated I merged those two styles to create a world full of penguins, sock monkeys, and socially awkward moments.
Tell us about your design and making process?
I usually don’t have a plan when I start a painting, so I am just as surprised as anyone else with the final image.
How has your work and career evolved since the beginning?
When I first started out, I was afraid to put humor in my work, so I concentrated on landscapes and figure studies. Luckily I started to sneak a little humor into those landscapes, realized that people actually LIKE funny paintings, and soon the humor took over.
What do you think makes your process and product stand out?
I don’t see a lot of people painting awkward, tense, uncomfortable moments between adorable characters the way that I do. So that’s cool.
What is your proudest creative achievement?
My proudest achievement is definitely writing and illustrating a humorous Star Wars book for Disney/Lucasfilm. I’ve loved Star Wars since I first saw it in 1977, so it is an amazing honor to now be a part of that universe.