He has been a professional make-up artist since 1985, beginning his career in the opera in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and lending his talents to such operas as Aida, La Boheme, and Barber of Seville.
From theater he turned his focus to fashion and the beauty industry, touring the country as a platform make-up artist for Maybelline. When the tour was over he returned to Ohio to pursue film which led him to Los Angeles in 1990. His credits include Deep Cover, Why do Fools Fall in Love, Vampires, The Majestic, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Shining mini-series, for which he won an Emmy.
He has also won two Make-up
Artists and Hairstylists Guild Awards for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and
A Lesson before Dying. He made a brilliant return to theatre, winning
a Garland award for his design for A Servant to Two Masters, also
directed by Jessica Kubzansky