The spark to be an artist came from a one half hour weekly radio program called “Let’s Draw” from Madison Wisconsin, during fourth grade through eighth grade. From that time on I was hooked. I wanted to become an artist.
Born in Nichols, Wisconsin, I lived on a dairy farm until entering military service. After the completion of a 3 year military obligation I studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and University of WIsconsin-Milwaukee eventually achieving a Master Degree in Art.
After a number of years in printing management in private industry, I made a decision to move from printing management into the teaching field, where I spent many years teaching art, mostly on the high school level, all in Menomonee Falls Wisconsin.
Being in a classroom with young creative minds, I found an enhancement of my creative spirit. Perhaps I learned as much from observation of the students as they learned from my teaching. It was a cooperative effort. I tried to ignite the students awareness and sensitivities of seeing nature and objects in an intensive and more sensitive way, such as the rippling effect of a stone dropped into water, the veins within a leaf, the woven spider web, the various grains of wood, and the detail of a beautiful bull thistle in bloom.
In my personal art work I create by moving clay, wood, metal, fiber and paint into some kind of a personal expression and some what pleasing composition of lines, textures, shapes, space, and colors. The compositions end up being realistic, other times abstract and at times nonobjective.
I HAVE ADDED A COMMENT TO SOME OF THE ART PIECES. I WILL CONTINUE TO ADD COMMENTS TO OTHERS AS TIME ALLOWS. STAY TUNED, THANK YOU AND HOPE YOU ENJOY.