I have been a painter longer than just about anything else. I studied painting in college, and I believe it has served as a critical foundation for how I visually perceive the world, and also explains the illustrative style I bring to my design work.

Sereno Calendar Paintings

I created the artwork for Sereno Group’s 2010 company calendar, which covers the communities and events of the South San Francisco Bay Area, and the Santa Cruz Coastal region.

Dominican Republic Watercolors

On a trip to the Dominican Republic, I fell in love with the colors and character of the buildings and people I met. I captured some images and made watercolors of them when I got home.

Claremont, CA

I received a commission to paint historic buildings in Claremont, California that would be used on greeting cards.

Plein Air Paintings

On my own, I have painted a number of landmarks that caught my eye. I also participated in the San Luis Obispo Plein Air festival in 2006, which was a wonderful opportunity to paint the gorgeous Central California Coast scenery.

I have definitely incorporated illustration into so much of my digital work that it wouldn’t be fair to say that this is the only place in my portfolio that you’ll find “illustration.” But I can consider this to be more “traditional” in that all these pieces were painted by hand without the assistance of software.

Cinderella Series

I created illustrations for the Cinderella story, as told from German, Italian and Russian story  traditions. The German version is called “Ashenpüttel,” the Italian called “Cenerentola,” and the Russian called “Vasilisa the Beautiful.”  I was fascinated to see this story brought up into these different European cultures, and to see how similar they were, but to also noticed how they’ve been molded and inlaid with their different cultural traditions.  Oil on gessoed paper.

Seven Wonders

So, I only made 3 of them, but the idea was to make a series of tourist-like postcards for these long-gone attractions of the ancient world. Also, these were early samples of hand painting type.


In October of 2010, I took part in an epic theatrical production that combined music from Japanese video games and anime with live actors and projected animations. I created hundreds of illustrations for the show, including a number of background landscapes and action shots. All the artwork was hand done with pen and gouache and scanned in, edited, and pieced together into animation sequences.

Please click here if you’d like to know more about Hideo, or about my creative process behind the making of these pieces.

Woman on Horseback

This piece was commissioned for a high-end fashion company to promote their 2104 collection. The clothing line is inspired by the designs in the founder’s home country of Mongolia, and express a sense of adventure and exploration. The watercolor I made will be used for their catalog and other promotional pieces for the season.

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Psycho Fruit

I admit, this is a high school project, but it was a lot of fun to make, and was a great exploration exercise for me back when I was still learning about art and art history, as I picked an artist or style to emulate, along the theme of “fruits with disorders.” A quick website a put together showcases all 16 pieces.


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