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Around 5 years old I started learning what art was when my grandmother would visit. Us boys would sit around the table watching her produce sketch after sketch. In my younger years I studied fine art and after several semesters I dropped out because I realized that most art majors end up teaching art which I did not want to do. I had some excellent teachers and hold a high respect for the profession; I just didn't think I would make a good teacher.
I then went from one manual labor job to another such as sawmill, steel forge furnace, jackhammer/shovel operator, and many others. Oh yeah, and the hide tanning factory where we received raw hides from the slaughterhouse several days old. Boy did that one stink, especially in the summer! The job bouncing went on for nearly 10 years and was not all for naught.
The hard dead end jobs taught me a valuable lesson and I went back to school earning a degree in civil engineering, and on to earn my professional registration. So what does all this rambling have to do with art? Well, during all these busy years I still manage to complete sculptures and paintings and wonder sometimes if art is genetic or maybe some kind of therapy. People will do art even though they receive no money and it can be very tiring, mentally and physically. But artists must be getting something back because reason would say no one works for nothing.
Please visit my web site http://kevinschraderart.us to see my other works and thanks for your interest!