I’m originally from a small town in Arizona that’s surrounded by red dirt where
there’s not a whole lot to do. At a young age, I became a big fan of
newspaper comic strips — “Alley Oop” was my favorite. I had to learn
to use my imagination to keep myself occupied, and I dreamed that I
would one day create my own comic strips.
I was also interested in science. My family moved to Utah when I was 11 years
old, and that’s where I discovered camping, fishing, and hiking. I wanted
to become a scientist and figure out the world around me. I began college
as an engineering major, but before long I realized that wasn’t the
right choice for me.
In order to figure things out, I took some time off and headed to Taiwan.
While there, I stumbled into a job as a textbook illustrator, and suddenly
it was clear. I knew what I wanted to do. I returned to school a year
later as an illustration major. As an artist, I am always observing,
trying to find the beautiful and amazing things around me.
Now I live in New York City with my wife. My illustrations have appeared in
novels including Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,
picture books, magazines, and newspapers. I’ve also written books including
Roger, the Jolly Pirate, which is about a lousy pirate who
manages to save his ship from attack while baking a cake.