Professional experience in print and animation, television and feature productions, creating, painting, designing and managing. Focus on detail, maintaining standards and brand integrity. Building a close liaison between management, talent, executive, creative and client. Goal driven, exceeding expectations within budget and schedule. A leader, communicator, teacher and effective manager of people, time and resources with a positive, friendly, firm, inclusive, professional perspective.

Work Samples

Work History

  • Photo retouching/compositing for finished marketing art

    • Iconix Brand Group LLC.
    • New York City, NY
    • 2015 - 2017 (2 years)

    Freelance position: Consulting, compositing, retouching Maya images in Photoshop for six Strawberry Shortcake DVD covers, Disc art and back cover sleeves successfully for Fox Studios.

  • Background Painter

    • Splash Entertainment LLC.
    • Woodland Hills, CA
    • 2010 - 2016 (6 years)

    Background Painter, Visual Development, Color Stylist, Photo Retoucher
    On going freelance work with most recent project for Christmas special, color styling characters for Mariah Carey's Christmas special.
    Lalaloopsies, established a unique background design combining retouching marketing photography with painting in Photoshop to create a synergy between animation and product point of purchase increasing distribution by 50% after airing. The Real Tooth Fairies, visual color development and production painting of characters and props.
    Zhu Zhu Pets (3DVD's), painted characters, props, turnarounds, special poses, effects and storyboard sequences successfully including title sequences.
    Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Glowie, Norm of the North, Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears 2, Little Archie's, and The Nutcracker, visual color development on establishing shots, storyboard panels, characters and props.

  • Visual Development Painter

    • Cosmic Toast Studios
    • Sherman Oaks, CA
    • 2015 - 2015

    Freelance position: Painted establishing characters, vehicles and storyboard panels for new series development.
    Directed designer to improve character art based on sculptures provided from client achieving 100% client satisfaction.
    Communicated directly with client to eliminate revisions saving 30% of production cost.
    Produced various realistic sky scenes for Arion, a new DVD release.

  • Director of Asset Management / Art Director Marketing Art

    • ABC Cable Network Group (Disney)
    • Burbank, CA
    • 2005 - 2009 (4 years)

    Art Director five years, Art Director/Director of Asset Management four years.
    Directed two asset managers at ABC in fulfillment of digital assets, animation and live action photography successfully increasing distribution by 100% leading to the creation of an online digital asset management system.
    Produced marketing and publicity art for The Disney Channel fulfilling specific needs.
    Negotiated with outside studios supplying acquired shows for The Disney Channel such as Handy Manny, Higglytown Heroes, Little Einsteins and Get Ed! on production of marketing art to maximize creative content while reducing costs by over 30%.
    Worked closely with Brand Management to adhere to brand integrity on all properties by 100%.
    Reviewed and approved/revised all promotional merchandise for McDonald's Happy Meals, Hasbro, Walmart and other partners outside the scope of the Disney Consumer Products Division to adhere to brand integrity.
    Assisted Disney Home Entertainment with the transition from 2D to 3D marketing art development by assisting hands on in the 100% completion of several productions until the division became fully educated on processes.

  • Art Director - Publicity and Marketing

    • Walt Disney Television Animation and DisneyToon Studios
    • Burbank, CA
    • 2000 - 2005 (5 years)

    Successfully produced hundreds of marketing and publicity images for over 50 animated series and 35 franchised Direct to Video/DVD feature properties for use by other divisions of the Disney Company and vendors for promotions, marketing, direct sales, packaging and online venues.
    Developed a strategy, to produce marketing and promotional materials for new properties decreasing the production time by 50% and cost by 30% by transitioning each area of expertise from traditional to digital.
    Negotiated competitive rates for freelancers and hourly limits for union artists to minimize cost by 30%.
    Managed schedules to insure completion of work successfully and within deadlines.
    Directed teams of artists on development of rough sketches, characters, props, background designs and all color.
    Directly produced 50% and supervised 50% of all Pantone color callouts and CMYK conversions for print.
    Hands on in the creation process, painted backgrounds 30% and composited images 50%, including revisions to designs and color to meet deadlines and save revision costs by 75%.
    Obtained approvals from executives and producers meeting their approvals 100%.
    Delivered digital files and all hard copy records, time sheets and invoices to appropriate divisions creatiing a smooth and complete seamless workflow. Personally fielded any questions between artists and management.
    Facilitated relationships between 3 divisions of artists to brainstorm in the creation of a Maya department at Disney Consumer Products to cut costs of outside vendors of 3D art by 25% and maintain Brand initiatives and standards.
    Assisted with revisions and approvals for the successful creation of over 20 style guides, giving model and color notes for each property for Consumer Products accomplishing 100% approvals from animation production executives.

  • Animation Background Painter

    • Walt Disney Television Animation
    • Glendale, CA
    • 1994 - 2000 (6 years)

    Painted hundreds of animation background keys, under the supervision of Director and Producer, ensuring criteria was met within schedule and budget for over 15 animated properties, always exceeded expectations.
    Successfully painted on productions: Quack Pack, Dal­matians, Hercules, Buzz Lightyear, Weekenders, Teacher’s Pet, Lion King 2, Lady and the Tramp 2 and Teacher’s Pet, The Movie and more while assisting on other productions and special projects for Timon & Pumbaa, Gargoyles, Mighty Ducks and others.
    Supervised and trained new artists to successfully learn background painting styles and transition to Photoshop.
    Communicated with Directors, reviewing storyboards to identify backgrounds to be produced. Identifying special effects, times of day, lighting requirements and any specific color or mood sequences to be painted.

  • Art Director

    • UpsideDown Magazine - International Publication
    • Boston, MA
    • 1992 - 1994 (2 years)

    (two years) * Redesigned and converted to digital production an international magazine. Responsible for all aspects of print production including press approvals illustrations and photo content accomplishing a 100% increase in subscriptions. * Doubled the size of the publication while reducing the art production time by 50%. * Directed the transition of in-house to outside print production for all graphic materials to accommodate a 100% increase in circulation. * Successfully produced custom illustrations for covers, articles and editorials and book covers for the company's book publishing division.

  • Illustrator - Freelance

    • Thomas Cain Illustration
    • Atlanta, GA
    • 1987 - 1992 (5 years)

    Represented locally and nationally for product, editorial and conceptual illustrations. Clients included: Coca-Cola, Boeing, Siemens, Michelin, Newsweek and many others.


  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Institute

    • and Finance
  • Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

    • Associates and Design
  • Glendale Community College

    • and Maya classes
  • University of North Carolina

    • and general studies
    • 2010