The university of Louisiana at Lafayette
Academy of Art University - San Francisco (Master's)
Preston, who is a published artist, writer and educator originally from Louisiana, works as a freelance illustrator, digital artist, graphic designer, fine artist and voice over actor in the Los Angeles area. He earned an M.F.A. (with honors) in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a B.A. in Applied Arts from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is experienced in creating book and magazine illustrations, computer graphics/graphic design, fine art (portraits, landscapes, fantasy) 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 in 2015, Acrylic Artist magazine selected one of his paintings for publication. One of his portraits was selected for inclusion in the International Society of Acrylic Painters Best of Acrylic International Competition. In addition, 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. Also, he was honored twice with an Artistic Director Award for Set Design/Scenic Art from the Valley Theatre League for productions of the Road Theater Co.
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. An exhibition of his “Twisted Teddys” series took place at the Hive Gallery in Los Angeles and his award-winning work continues to be exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. He has traveled extensively; living & working at times in Norway, England, Italy and Japan.
Illustration and Painting allows me freedom to address some of the social ills that plague our modern society and to paint what I feel, not necessarily what I see. Having worked with drug addicts, the homeless, victims of sexual abuse, young people who have been incarcerated, and having friends in the porn industry, I have definitely seen some of the seedier side of life. I’ve seen how people can make a bad decision and get trapped in that decision. They are unable to figure out how to get out of the situation in which they find themselves. With that in mind, I aspire to achieve social change with some of my art and inspire in the process. Preston, who is a published artist, writer and educator originally from Louisiana, works as a freelance illustrator, digital artist, graphic designer, fine artist and voice over actor in the Los Angeles area. He earned an M.F.A. (with honors) in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a B.A. in Applied Arts from the
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