For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a Disney artist and animator. Instead, I followed my father’s career path into law enforcement. My long and distinguished career as a forensic artist began while watching a local newscast in preparation for my nightly patrol shift. Without warning, a composite sketch flashed onto the screen. It was at that moment I discovered a way to combine my love of art with my passion for public service. From there, I began a journey that took me across the United States and Canada to study under, at that time, the best forensic artists in the business.
For the rest of my career, my ancillary duty as a forensic artist would parallel my successful career as a law enforcement professional. The experience I gained investigating violent crimes, sexual assaults and juvenile crime helped me develop highly specialized interview skills which I adapted for my role as a police sketch artist.
Over the years, my unique perspective on eyewitnesses, coupled with strong communication skills, made me one of Southern California’ s most sought after police sketch artists. Orange Coast Magazine once referred to me as “one of California’s most vital artists.”
As my skills and experience as a forensic artist increased, I was frequently called upon by investigators during critical, high-profile cases; including: The Samantha Runnion Abduction/Murder, the Anthony Martinez Abduction/Murder, the Baton Rouge Serial Killer, and The Orange County’ s (CA) Fortune Teller murder.
To watch ID Discovery Channel’s re-enactment of the Samantha Runnion investigation CLICK HERE.
All of us enjoy being recognized. It’s the reward for the hard work and the many hours you’ve invested to improve yourself. Not only does it improve your own morale, it also reflects in the positive contribution you’re making to your organization and community.
During my career I have received recognition for my contributions to many difficult cases.
- Nominated for Orange County Sheriff’s Department Medal of Valor
- Official Recognition by United States Congress
- Orange Police Department Medal of Merit
- American Legion Award
Professional networking is also a positive way to foster professional growth and relationships.
I’m currently a member “in good standing” of the following professional organizations:
- International Association for Identification
- California Homicide Investigator’s Association
- California Robbery Investigator’s Association
- California Sexual Assault Investigator’s Association
- International Homicide Investigator’s Association
- British Association for Human Identification
The Business of Forensic Art
Early in my career I recognized law enforcement’s need for a software-driven solution to create effective facial composites. The opportunity to influence the manner in which facial composites were created, combined with my continued success, fueled my passion to become a forensic facial imaging innovator and entrepreneur.
In 2007 I founded SketchCop® Solutions, Inc. – The Digital Difference in Facial Imaging & Identification. We immediately began working on a facial composite software program that evolved into SketchCop® Facial Composite System. This innovative software program addresses law enforcement’s desire to create effective, easy-to-create digital facial composites while increasing the opportunity for non-artists, forensic science students and other like-minded professionals who want to contribute to the investigative process. Training and support is offered through our SketchCop® Online Academy.
To further influence our brand reach into the law enforcement and academic community, we have collaborated with The Sherlock Institute of Forensic Science and the Rashtriya Raksha University’s School of Forensic Science and Risk Management in India where I was invited to join the teaching staff as an International Adjunct Faculty member.
Through SketchCop® Solutions Inc., I continue to provide facial imaging support to law enforcement, corporations and select private entities. I’ve also introducing true crime fans to a unique perspective on the true crime genre while at the same time encouraging artists to pursue their passion.
Please feel free to look around my website. Whether you’re a true crime enthusiast, artist or detective hoping to solve a case; I’m sure you’ll find something that interests you.
In the meantime, feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I would enjoy hearing from you. I consider it an honor and privilege to serve you and the communities you live in.