I grew up in the rural Wisconsin town of New Holstein, population 2400. My first exposure to art was on the covers of my mother’s phonograph records. I was considered the town artist by the time I graduated from high school in 1967.
At that point I headed off to California, where I took art classes at Foothill Jr. College and Hayward State University: some of them I loved, some of them I learned from, but I still considers myself a self-taught artist.
My favorite classes and activities at that time involved drawing the human figure in life-drawing classes. But a few years after I came to North Carolina in 1974 and had my first child (Travis) in 1976, I organized a life-drawing program at the Carrboro Arts Center using senior citizens as the models, and...