Van Meter began his illustration career in college, providing art for role playing games including the Star Trek and Doctor Who RPGs for FASA, and later for Battle-Tech, the DC Universe Role Playing Game, and Traveller.
He founded Starchilde Studios where he created and published the Justifiers RPG. After moving to New York to pursue a career in comics, he wrote and drew for Valiant Comics in the 1990s, as well as Marvel, Milestone/DC, and Image. He later started Comicolor, one of the first digital coloring and lettering companies for comics in North America. He was also a galleried wildlife artist.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.