Born in San Francisco, I was weaned on underground comix, dinosaurs and MC Escher. Early on I was interested in all kinds of storytelling, not just "kiddie" stuff. Movies, animation and family stories poured into me and fashioned me into a visual storyteller.
My middle name "Zain" has many meanings: "handsome" in Arabic, the number "7" in Hebrew (also "sword") but my favorite meaning has to do with horses: "A horse of a dark color, neither gray nor white, and having no spots." I've always loved horses, and have enjoyed riding them, even the wilder ones! So "Zain" to me is a wild horse, maybe an enchanted one... who knows where it may take you?
What I Do
I have perfected several different styles of illustration over the years, ranging from more "graphic" cartoons to fully-rendered digital paintings. In 2003 I received a grant from the Xeric Foundation and published a 6-issue comic book miniseries set in pre-statehood Oklahoma called "Along the Canadian". I have illustrated children's books, created logos and storyboarded for animation. I continue to look for projects that are artistically challenging and push me in new directions. I regularly freelance doing illustration, storyboarding, concept art, graphic design, and even, occasionally, web design.
I have created comics pretty much my whole life. Below is my "mature" body of work in decending order.
In 2003 I was awarded a Xeric Foundation grant to publish my first comic series, Along The Canadian. Over the next year and a half I cut my teeth on this tale of outlaw justice, vengeful ghosts and a land haunted by genocide. The characters, names and places are all pulled from family stories, vague-half remembered facts and a love of spaghetti westerns.