Austin was born in 1981 in Berkeley California to a couple of hippie artists who met each other in a buddhist community. Austin was seemingly destined to have a creative, if not strange life. Austin's father was a notable and accomplished artist in the ancient tradition of tibetan thangka painting. Austin was exposed to his process at an early stage and he learned some of what it means to be persistent and patient in the creative process.
As Austin continued with his education he was continually recognized for his talent in the visual arts and was encouraged to pursue art as a career. In 2001 Austin was awarded a summer scholarship to attend the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he got hooked on animation and later received his BFA in 2005. After art school Austin had the opportunity to work as an animator on some of the most successful films in the last decade. Although you may not have heard of Austin you most likely have seen his work in Avatar, The Hobbit, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and other films. After 10 years working in the film and animation world and living abroad in Wellington New Zealand for four years, Austin returned to the United States and decided to focus on his original passion of painting and fine art. Austin currently works and resides in Portland Oregon.