About Me

 

Me and Mona Cookie


I’ve also grown up to be an Art Director for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Paula Wiseman Books In New York, where I collaborate with incredible illustrators, authors, and editors to create picture books, middle-grade novels, and teen novels.


I began my professional career in costume design and creation at the New York Shakespeare Festival, making hats, headdresses, crowns, and other fun stuff for New York’s Shakespeare in Central Park and some Broadway shows.


I then joined Jim Henson’s MUPPETS, where I designed and built puppets in the legendary Muppet Workshop for various productions. Some favorites include The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, and many magical years of Sesame Street, for which I won an Emmy Award (also a four-time Emmy Nominee.)


Eventually becoming Creative Director for the Sesame Street Muppets, I also worked in other areas of the show, including toys, games, home video/audio, advertising/publicity, live appearances, exhibits, and children’s books — always a special passion for me. I was with the Muppets for over a decade.


I am a Board Member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), for which I speak at conferences and conduct workshops around the country. For the Original Art, the annual exhibition of children’s book illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York, I’m Artistic Advisor to the exhibit — a truly unique and wonderful show of the best in children’s book art.

As a little boy growing up in Texas, I  dreamed of becoming a Jedi . . . instead, I’ve grown-up to be an author and illustrator. (While very fun, I’d still really love those Jedi Powers . . .)


My debut young adult novel, Draw the Line, is about finding your real life superpowers, deciding how to use them, and where to draw the line. In the book are 90 pages of illustrations—you’ll get to see the main character, Adrian’s, sketches and comics . . . how he discovers his own superpower to fight injustice and change the world: ART! Learn more at DrawTheLineNovel.com