A Message from Skinner
I had no idea what being a full time professional artist would hold for me when I quit my job in the middle of the economic meltdown of 2008. I knew that if I could survive through that, I’d be able to survive what it took to be an artist at anytime, so it felt like a good test to take.
Illustration, painting, expansive installations, sculptures and gallery shows around the world soon followed, as my anxiety ridden stubbornness kicked in to high gear. Commercial work for Warner Bros, Adult Swim, Vans, Apple, Quentin Tarantino, Fender guitars, and Juxtapoz built a client list to balance out the psychedelic, graphic experimentations I became known for. I use every opportunity to expand into new medias as a chance to cultivate the unknown parts of myself and to collaborate with others who are searching as well.
Thankfully my professional relationships (which are usually born out of personal friendships) led to opportunities in writing and directing music videos, live animation projections and IP commercials for Adult swim and Fender guitars. Writing scripts, acting and production naturally followed. Film making and animation has brought me into collaboration and connectivity with people that has enriched my life in ways that being an isolated painter never could. The satisfaction of working with others and getting to appreciate their gifts as we create, is infinitely more inspiring than working alone. Filmmaking and narration is an organic outcome of my search to grow the territory of my creative self.