Oliver is an alumnus of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA with a BFA in Illustration. His early career includes work with LucasArts. He then returned to that school to be an art professor for the School of Fine Arts and 2D Animation.
His mentors include: Zhao Ming Wu, Henry Yan, and Chien Chung-Wei. They have encouraged him to put greater efforts into capturing fleeting human expressions and paying more attention to precise composition in figurative portraits. Oliver has earned “Signature Status” with the Portrait Society of America in 2022”