starlitattic billyb

When I first moved to San Francisco in 1986, I learned how to bend glass for neon lights. I studied at Neon-Neon and a few other places, but my first mentor was Michael Fury - he was crazy! Everyone loved him! MY work has been part of several art openings, from Open Studios to the Rayco Gallery and a dozen or so installations are still in private collections around the City. I am fascinated with the toy camera, I’d’ve preferred to’ve used a Diana Camera for the rest of time but I haven’t run 120mm film for almost two decades (I’m in the process of converting everything into digital-friendly files).

My principle concern is, and always has been, with light. Whether it’s a drawing ... a photograph ... neon, or the stories behind animated characters flying around and acting wild on the screen - to me - light is music ... light is poetry ... My first gig in animation was for Colossal Pictures way back in 1992. I’ve worked on tons of commercials, TV series ... PSA’s films for the internet ... but the fun stuff was feature films - I did the special effects for James and The Giant Peach, character design for Fern Gully 2 - The Magical Rescue, animation on The Dog Cartoon and while I was at Wild Brain, I created, developed and directed My own cartoon idea entitled Racket in the Attic.

Currently, I am finishing my second master’s degree; this one, an MFA in animation, from The Academy of Art University (2017). The first, (2005), is a Master’s degree in Education - (curriculum theory and design) - from Argosy University. I hold my BSID - Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from The Ohio State University.

My motto is: “ if yer doin’ it right - it should look easy ... ! ”

~ Billy