As far back as I can remember, I doodled to get a better look at my daydreams. Out of my imagination I drew people, animals and monsters, and over time they drew a professional illustrator out of me. Drawing became my way of exploring and explaining the wider world.
Since 2012, I’ve worked as an illustrator and content developer for an educational nonprofit called the SERP Institute. My current main project is developing an open-source, online high school chemistry course taught in the context of climate change. Previously, I worked for the University of California’s College of Chemistry on another high school curriculum, Living by Chemistry, funded by the National Science Foundation. Chemistry is simultaneously concrete and abstract, and I’ve relished the challenge of visualizing the invisible and bringing humor to what’s often perceived as a dry subject.
As a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, my clients have included the UC Berkeley Biosciences Institute, UC Berkeley School of Law, University of California Press, Oxford University Press, Ulysses Press, Consumer Health Interactive, Bark Magazine, and the Center for the Collaborative Classroom. I don’t have one illustration niche; I enjoy learning new things while working on a wide variety of narrative, humorous, editorial, scientific, and instructional illustration projects.
After majoring in art at Oberlin College, I got a master’s in creative writing at Temple University. As a writer, I’ve published journalism, personal essays, short fiction, and literary criticism, along with educational materials for both students and teachers.
I live in my hometown of Berkeley, California with my wife Jen and our mixed family of one to three children (depending on holidays and/or pandemic shelter-in-place orders) and an orange cat.
Banana gunslinger, quick on the draw, from when I was about 7 years old; and a more recent portrait of our cat.