I was born and raised in Rochester, MN. I'm a graduate of John Marshall High School '87, Rochester Community & Technical College, and Hamline University. My field of specialty was history and while I did not graduate I also completed 23 graduate credits at Minnesota State University at Mankato.
I hail from a single parent family as my father was killed in an accident in 1970 at age 25. I've always had an interest in art and music and was particularly interested in drawing from elementary through my freshman year at Hamline University. As a teenager I was more in turn with music though and in particular rock guitar. My mother was in the first generation of her family to leave the farm and we were in general blue collar. There were no advanced degrees or artists in our family that I can recall. My interest in music and art was actively discouraged but all the same for one year after high school i studied luthery. In retrospect I think it's really too bad I didn't have any mentorship or guidance as to the opportunities available in arts generally.
One of the few exposures I got to art in the outside world though was at Rochester Art Center back in the later 80s. I still recall seeing a collection of 16x20 photographs a Mayo physician had taken at The Plummer Mansion. Here was a medium like drawing that involved still images and I wanted to try it. Since my mother worked at Mayo I started watching the employee classifieds in the newsletter Mayo used to publish. I bought my first SLR camera and four lenses for $150. Over the past thirty years I've shot tens of thousands of images and currently own over 100 film cameras.
I have spent a number of years trying to exhibit and promote my artwork but really it never got off the ground. My strategy now is to try to address some of the deficits I think I have in terms of background, education, and knowledge. Hence I've been volunteering at every opportunity to work on docenting, settting up, and in general learning more about behind the scenes stuff. The other bonus there is I get to meet and observe a lot of great artists.
I'm not currently even looking to exhibit so all the exhibits I'm listing are to reflect my role as a volunteer working behind the scenes to support the arts. Maybe someday I'll revisist the whole "artist" thing but for now I get quite a bit out of just being involved.
Currently I'm trying to start building an arts resume by volunteering.
Rochester Art Center 12-2018 to present