based out of Vancouver, BC. I create animations, designs and
motion graphics for documentaries, interactive exhibitions and
theatre, feature films, video games, and commercials. I studied
art in London, England in the early 90’s and am a traditional
2D animator. I am also an animation instructor at Emily Carr and Capilano Universities.
What part of Canada are you from Hilary?
I am originally from Vancouver, BC but my Dad joined the
foreign service when I was 9 so I spent a lot of my childhood
living in different parts of the world.
What inspired you to create animation?
I have always loved illustration and wanted to learn some
technical skills at an art school so I ended up in animation.
I think it’s the combination of art, movement and
storytelling that I find so satisfying. That said, like most
animators, I think it’s a love -hate relationship!
How would you describe your artistic style?
I am a pretty old school style of 2D animator – lots of
in-betweens and a focus on character acting and story.
|Production Still from “Creamers”|
Can you share a piece of art work or script segment that no
one has seen before?
So much of the work I do is for commercials or other
productions so most of it has been seen. The crowdsourcing
campaign I did last year for my film “Creamers” has
meant that I have been putting a lot of art online…But this is
kind of what my days are like at the moment – art imitating
life –does that count?
What role do you play in the creation of animation?
I started out as an inbetweener and then became an
assistant animator. I moved on to FX animation and
character animation from there.
directing for both commercial and independent productions.
I like animating the best I think – but these days there
are not many juicy 2D character animation gigs.
What is one project that you are proud to have been
What project are you working on now?
It’s a 14 minute 2D short animated and painted in
Paint – my favourite animation software.
Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?
I have lots, but a few notables are:
Frederic Back – “The Man Who Planted Trees” has got to be
one of the most perfect films ever made
Eugene Fedorenko – “Every Child” is still funny and totally
What is one of your favourite animation books?
Despite all the reams of stuff about walks, there are so
many great nuggets in this book. I continue to learn from
2D and Beyond – Jayne Pilling
Bought this years ago in the MOMI in London. It is such a
great collection of different kinds of animation and the
process that goes in to making them – both experimental and
Who is an up-and-coming or relatively unknown Canadian
animator that everyone should check out?
so it’s impossible to really say, but Tor Aunet is a
recent grad from Emily Carr and his grad film was
fantastic. Seeing how funny and original his first film was
I am sure he will do something interesting in the future.
Are you involved with any animation organizations in
I have been involved with ASIFA and Women in Animation in
the past – not so much lately – most of the stuff is online
and I am so busy drawing and teaching that I don’t have a
huge amount of spare time. I would like to be more involved
and hoping that will happen once my film is done.