He worked professionally for over thirty years in the entertainment and advertising industry as a writer and director. The photography was a mistake. When he was in film school he decided he needed to take a still photography course to improve his visual skills. He did not know that cinematography and still photography were substantially different art forms as the first steals a moment from time and freezes it while the other seeks to convey the flow of time. He also did not know that photography would grow into a parallel career just as he did not know that he would go on to teach his skills to adults and high school students.
Mr. Kurnarsky has been introducing people to the art forms he loves and preparing them for professional careers since 1996. He grew up in Canada, attended college and university in his home country, and spent over five years working as a writer and director for the National Film Board of Canada before coming to California and becoming an American citizen in the late '80's. For eight years he was head instructor and director at the Rowland Animation which was the first animation high school program in the USA. His students have gone on to work on shows like the Simpsons and for animations studios such as Pixar as well as live action movie and television studios and computer game companies such as Sony.