Working in the digital visualization area since 1995, John and his teams of animators, writers, and programmers have received several national and international awards for works including interactive projects, websites, and 2D and 3D animation. John holds a BS in Biology/Secondary Education from Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN (1988), a BA in Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration from Iowa State University, Ames, IA (1990), and an MA in Medical Illustration from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (1996).

John is an active professional member of the Association of Medical Illustrators, and has recently been working on the digital salon portion of the annual meetings. John also works as a Collaborating Professor/Lecturer and active Advisory Committee Member for Iowa State University’s Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration Program, where he teaches a variety of traditional and digital illustration courses to undergraduate students.