Preston at email@example.com, is a published artist, writer and educator originally from Louisiana, earned an M.F.A. (with honors) in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco (2012) and a B.A. in Applied Arts from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has found success as a freelance illustrator, fine artist, digital artist, muralist/scenic artist, art instructor and voice over actor in the Los Angeles area. He is experienced in creating portraits, landscapes, book illustrations, computer graphics, fine art, magazine illustrations, and scenic art/murals.
Involved with social issues and an avid artist rights advocate, he has been recognized by the Los Angeles City Council for his volunteer work and contribution to the growth of the arts in L.A.
In 2013, one of his landscape paintings was chosen to be published in North Light Books’ - Acrylic Works: Best of Acrylic Competition and one of his portraits was selected for inclusion in the International Society of Acrylic Painters Best of Acrylic International Competition. Also, HT Art Magazine chose his work to be represented in their first issue. His illustration work got an award from the Adobe Design Achievement Awards in 2011 and he received an award of recognition from the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society and the National Scholars Honors Society in 2007. In addition, he was honored twice with the Artistic Director Award for Set Design/Scenic Art from the Valley Theatre League for productions of the Road Theater Co. and he was an Artist-in-Residence for the Arts in Education Aid Council.
His mural work can be seen in a project dubbed the “Hollywood Night Gallery” on Hollywood Blvd. and in a mural honoring Bob Barker at CBS Studios. Some of his scenic work can be seen at Venus Fort (a 60,000 sq.ft. shopping center in Tokyo, Japan), the Paris Casino in Las Vegas and other venues around L.A. His award-winning work continues to be exhibited locally, nationally and internationally; a recent exhibition of his “Twisted Teddys” series took place at the Hive Gallery in Los Angeles. He has traveled extensively; living & working at times in Norway, England, Italy and Japan. An online portfolio may be viewed at http://www.prestonc.net.