Artist Dale Michels a.k.a. B. N. Wonder has a special interest in natural altered states. He is an ecstatic explorer first and an artist second. His art is informed and deepened by his experiences as an ecstatic explorer. As a young man he was told by doctors he only had a few short years to live. This had the effect of slamming him into the moment where the utter beauty of the common place frequently shines through. His primary medium of expression is life and through leading a creative life he has frequently reinvented himself. He had his first gallery one man show while still in high school and did commissioned portraits for members of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Symphony. But with no future tense he began living for experience. He next became a performer, winning a contest as the best comedian in Boston the year before Conan O'Brian. Andy Kaufman would come to Dale's performances in heavy disguise feverishly scribbling notes. But Dale says the high point of his career was being booed by 50,000 people because he didn't look anything like Bonnie Raitte. After he finished amazing the crowd Bonnie came on stage to shake his hand. He's dabbled in entrepreneurship having created an art based mail order business that supported his first family for 16 years. He created a street advertising business that employed other performers and a bus company that provided free transportation. He's built gypsy wagons, radionic instruments, been a ghost writer, street performer, one man pit orchestra, professional illustrator, letterpress printer, shaman showman, frontier science researcher and wind whisperer. You may think that's a lot to do in a few short years. It turned out living in the moment with a high experiential quotient was just what the doctor ordered. So now Dale as B. N. Wonder resides in West Virginia where he brings everything he's learned to bear in artwork designed to help others experience natural altered states.