Many years ago, in the 70’s and 80’s, my goal in life was to race in the Daytona 500. Although I never really came close, I sure had fun working my way up the ladder in local and regional stock car racing. As most all of us have had at some point in our lives, I came to a crossroads where I had to make a decision on which direction to go with my life.
I opened a sign company in 1973, making commercial signage, but my real love and focus were on racing.
After a number of years racing at many tracks around the western and midwestern states, and realizing that it was becoming more and more difficult to make financial ends meet, I had to make the decision either to continue with the racing effort or to focus on my art education and take the sign company more seriously.
It may have been one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made, but I chose to leave the auto racing profession and use my art background to make a living. I focused my energies on the sign company, which after a few years was converted into an exhibit company where we designed and manufactured tradeshow exhibits, visitors centers, and hall of fame exhibits. I guess I made the right decision as my career lasted for over 40 years, and although it may not have been as exciting as driving race cars, it sure was amazing. Learning about our customers’ products and services, then working with them to present their goals and objectives into visual and structural messages.
Now that I have retired from the exhibit industry, I am able to spend my time and energy creating my high and low relief, mixed media fine art and helping other artists present their amazing artworks. See some of my work here.
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