I make stuff, it’s what I do. I’m an explorer of many mediums and I have trouble settling down with one art form. I started with illustration and comics and moved to model building and sculpture, then to doll making and mechanical engineering. That experimentation eventually lead me to puppetry. It is an art that encompasses all others, synthesizes all my various interests–Drawing, painting, writing, sculpting, carving, film making, acting, engineering, lighting, set design, sound, sewing, fashion, general crafting and most of all, storytelling–all into one place. Puppet shows are a way for me to contain these interests and focus them. The result is a blend of aestheticism and technical pragmatism creating visuals purpose built to convey narrative.
Old Spice GlaxoSmithKline Benedryl Nike SB Maidenform Brooks Scope Cartoon Network Oregon Lottery Altoids Pratham UK Field & Stream Psychology Today Swifer The Portland Opera Portland Center Stage
Pen & Ink Gouache Acrylic Airbrush Photoshop Illustrator InDesign SketchUp Maya Blender Creative Writing Word Pages Excel Numbers Mold Making Casting Silicon Resin Carbon Fiber Fiberglass Sculpting Woodworking Foam Carving Wax Carving Apoxie Sculpting Maquettes Miniatures Model Making Practical Effects Latex Masks Latex Foam Stop-Motion Armatures Wood Carving Marionettes Puppetry Voice Acting Puppet Acting Costume Design Sewing Fabrication Radio Control Animatronics Set Design Set Construction Puppetry Engineering Teaching Demonstrations Logo Design Poster Design Flyer Design Brochure Design Video Game Assets Icon Design Muraling Matte Painting Set Painting Play Director Artistic Direction Critique
Photoshop Costume Fabrication SketchUp Sculpting in wood & wax Comic Book Illustration Poster Illustration Marionette Building & Performance Art Direction
President and problem solver
Aug 2010 – Present
I build custom props, masks and costumes for individuals and small theater companies. This requires sharp, smart design and an ability to balance multiple guidelines and requirements for each piece. I also do illustration and product design, posters, fliers and identity work
The CastIron Carousel Marionette Troupe, Inc.
Aug 2010 – Present
The CastIron Carousel is a marionette troupe for grown-ups. We do dark and beautiful shows with a balance of drama, horror and comedy. Our shows are sophisticated without taking ourselves too seriously. We aim to have some emotional impact but mostly to entertain.
As Artistic Director I keep the company focused on our mission and presentation. I also teach marionette building classes to share the art form with others and promote it on to future practitioners.
Theatrical Materials Fabricator / Project Manager
Michael Curry Design, Inc.
May 2004 – August 2010 • Scappoose, OR
I built costumes and giant puppets for clients like Disney, Cirque Du Soleil, Coke and Nike working along side some of the most fantastically creative people in the industry. The work was extremely technical and high level, requiring stringent safety standards and extreme durability. I worked on everything from Mold making to composites to sculpting to sewing and paint. The job required a broad knowledge of diverse materials, attachments and connections.
Tom Miller Remodeling, Inc.
March 2001 – January 2004 • Portland, OR
I did residential remodel construction which often required a balance of preservation and upgrading of existing structures, balancing historical aesthetics with refreshment of living spaces. This included everything from asbestos tearout, lead removal, rot and foundation assessment to fine finish carpentry or duplicating the look of antique craftsmanship