Born in Alberta Canada I started my artistic life at the Alberta College of art and design studying Visual Communications. Traveling to Western Europe for the summer to return to Toronto, after graduating in 1985 I started working in the theater community as a designer. Under the art direction of Alec Stockwell I learned how to communicate through design. Designing for "The Theater Company" for a few years, while developing my illustration skills & style was an invaluable experience.
In 1990 I registered a company under the name of "Three in a Box". The name was coined by Craig Terlson an ACA graduate that I shared a studio with at 80 Spadina Avenue. The third boxer was Richard DaMota a Toronto based illustrator. The first artist I signed up was Kathryn Adams who became the top artist and earner in the group through my time at the company. During my tenure I honed my marketing skills by reading thick marketing books and implementing the techniques within the construct of "Three in a Box". For my efforts I garnered recognition from the industry and the media for being a marketing genius. Thanks to my then girlfriend Angela Pirisi who was responsible for developing all of the public relationship campaigns for Three in a Box I have been interviewed and featured on radio, television and in magazines. 10 years later I owned and operated the largest illustration/photography agency in Canada.