A New Jersey native, I received a BFA in Film and Television at New York University, and many years of instruction in drawing the human figure at the Art Students' League of New York. Excepting a brief sojourn in a Benedictine monastery, my life has been occupied with studying and working in animation. My mentors were John Canemaker and the late Tissa David. Among my favorite things are watercolor, crochet, afternoon tea, musical theatre, puppetry, figure-drawing, and vegetarian cooking.
"All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names…"
"I'm Not Ready To Be a Princess" from the pilot episode of Sofia the First was one of those rare sequences that just flowed from concept to screen effortlessly. Jamie Mitchell, my director, pitched it to me, I thumbnailed it (see thumbnails below) and storyboarded from these thumbnails. The final sequence remained remarkably true to the initial concept, and the entire sequence has a fresh quality and a flow that comes when all the proverbial stars are in alignment. (Copyright the Walt Disney Company)
Elena of Avalor and I share a moment, along with a few choice magical secrets… We collaborated on her big introductory musical number for the third season of "Sofia the First," in anticipation of the launch of Elena's fabulous new show!