Place of birth: Madison, CT
How did you get started in toy design: It was really a fluke. I had graduated from Parson's School of Design with an MFA and was just thinking about creating art. My plan was to somehow situate myself in Manhattan, NY, get a studio, be involved in the gallery scene, you know....starve. My mindset was very different back then. It was all about high art, theory, conceptualism, etc. I soon realized that none of this was going to pay the bills. So, with some encouragement from friends & family, I answered an ad for a toy sculptor.
I soon started working with Design Innovations, a toy design company in Connecticut. Most of the things we made were pre-school toys, so I kept myself busy by making 'garage' model kits and looking at things done by McFarlane Toys. I knew as soon as I saw the stuff that McFarlane was the company I wanted to work with.
Call it destiny, divine intervention, whatever, but that's where I met my brothers from other Mothers. It was kind of strange, the way things just clicked between us.
Two years later the Four Horsemen were born.
Length of time in the toy industry: I've been working in the toy industry for about nine years.
Job title and description: Designer/Sculptor. I mostly work 3-dimensionally with clay. As a sculptor, I'm responsible for making the figures. Bringing a 2-D design to a 3-D finish.
Favorite plaything as a child & why: Any thing to do with monstes and creatures. Mego made some classic Universal Monsters, Planet of the Apes, that sort of thing. I may even have one or two of those figures still tucked away in my folk's attic.
Favorite playthings currently & why: Long blonde hair, blue eyes, 33/26/33.....Don't ask why.
Best part about your job: I'm getting to do what got me started sculpting in the first place. I'm creating the creatures, villains & heroes I wanted as a child.
Worst Part about your job: Listening to Jim's inane banter all.....day.....looooong (just kidding, Jim). I can't say that there IS a worst part. Even when things are bad, I'm thankful of all that I have.
Number of figures/playsets/toys you've been involved in: I have no idea. Two years at McFarlane Toys, three years with Four Horsemen......a LOT.
Stand out toy you've worked on in your opinion: The Crow, Chucky, He-Man.
If you could have any super power, what would it be & why: Invisibility. Why? Refer back to "Favorite playthings currently".