JD spent his formatives in the strange lands of England, Qatar, Bahrain (where he lamented the loss of Betamax), the United Arab Emirates, and the Netherlands. Raised on such cinematic masterpieces as Xtro and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, and spending his youth drawing and taking photographs with his Yashika FX-3 camera, JD was inevitably led into performance entertainment. As most do, he began with acting studies in high school, competing in UIL 3 years in a row. He continued at Salem State College, where he was twice nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship. Alas, acting was not in the cards for his future, as he discovered a greater love of design and backstage glory. He then headed to the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, St. Louis, where he earned degrees in Stage Design & Lighting Design, with a minor in Technical Direction.
JD then found himself back in the Middle East, Dubai specifically, where there was precious little theatre to speak of. So, he turned his attention to video editing, 3D animation, computer arts, and web design/development. In 2000, he returned to Texas where he continued in his computer graphics endeavors. Recently, he has started his long-overdue ascent into film direction and cinematography.
JD has a wonderful (and very patient) wife, a son, step son and step daughter, … and a Black Mouth Cur dog named Nella.