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In 1965 I was 17 years old and I wanted to be an artist. Willem de Kooning was my art hero but, for various reasons I didn't. Later, I became an engineer and ultimately president of National Geographic’s mapping business.

 

40 years later in 2004, I retired to become a full-time artist. I could afford to define success in my way but it took a few years to find my voice – my soul’s work.

 

My work focuses on victims, witnesses and survivors of opioid/substance use and the stigma which inhibits prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Exhibited internationally at universities, art centers, museums and galleries, I have participated in more than 100 exhibits including 25 one-person exhibitions and have been recognized several times including seven best of show awards. I am a frequent speaker and lecturer and my work has been featured and reviewed in local, national and international media. More than 300,000 people follow my work on social media.

 

I grew up in Burlington, Wisconsin. My wife Mary Kay and I live in Boulder Colorado. Previously we lived in Winter Park Colorado, St. John US Virgin Islands and several other places.