Artist Bio: My grandfather, Ken Sturdy, was an artist and was the president of the Alberta College of Art in the late 1970s and early 80s, so our family was always surrounded by artists and creative types. I learned a lot from him and was encouraged to draw at a young age.
I’d always thought I would attend the art college but the year I planned to apply I was offered a job as a storyboard artist on a Disney TV show. My grandfather told me a job like that is a dream for many art college graduates and I should take it. I took his advice and it kicked off a twenty year career in film and television drawing storyboards, designing concept images and visual effects, directing, editing, even script writing and composing music.
I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with industry greats on some wonderful projects, like drawing concept designs for the opening title sequences for James Bond movies, or directing an award winning short with Keira Knightley. I’ve received Emmy honours from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for visual effects designs.