John graduated from Pratt Institute in NYC with a BFA in Illustration. He left New York to do a Disney animation internship in Orlando, Florida. Several months later he returned to New York to work on a series of television commercials. A few years later he moved to Los Angeles to work for Disney feature Animation as a Visual Development Artist on such films as Atlantis, Treasure Planet and Emperor’s New Groove. His short film created for a pitch to help sell Emperor’s New Groove was instrumental in getting that film green lit.