I recently finished scoring music for a film called My Ranger which won Best Texas Feature, Audience Choice - Best Texas Feature and Texas Renegade Award for Soundtrack in the Austin Revolution Film Festival. I’ve now been writing music for a personal project and will hopefully have enough material for two albums. For my day job I’ve been shooting photos for a lifestyle show called Austin After Hours that airs Saturdays at 10:30pm on CBS Austin.
The Whole Story
I was born in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and lived there until the age of five when my family moved to the suburbs of Washington D.C. in Annandale, Virginia. My father was born in East Berlin and later immigrated to Staten Island where he joined the U.S. Air Force at the age of 18. My mother is an artist and painter, born in Austin, Texas where her family settled in the mid 1800’s.
At the age of seven I began spending every summer in Arizona with my grandparents. My grandfather had a lapidary shop in his basement where he taught me the fundamentals of stone working and jewelry making. My grandmother was an accomplished metalworker who shared her love for gardening and the outdoors with me.
I was also introduced to music at a young age. In my teens, I played drums and sang in many bands that performed all over the East coast, and learned to write music, record and master audio using both analog and digital techniques.
In 1989 at the age of 19 I gained interest in technology by tinkering with my father’s office computer. I later taught myself computer graphics design, and soon began using a 3D modeling, rendering and animation software called Bryce. I was one of seven designers recruited by Emmy Award Winning Director Jan Nickman to work on a feature length film called Planetary Traveler which was the first of it’s kind composed entirely on Apple computers and coordinated through AOL chat rooms (Apple Press Release). Later, I worked with Artist and Art Director Jim Welch on concept album art for The Steve Miller Band, Journey, and Abraxas Pool.
This diverse background allowed me to experience many facets of architecture, design, technology and nature at a young age and these experiences are embedded into my design and technique.