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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. She was the first woman to earn a Degree in Architecture in the State of Minnesota. She was also a very talented artist. 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 didnít 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. Yeah, that all over stink was bad in the summer! The job bouncing went on for nearly ten 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. I did this with the help of my friends, brothers, and Mom & Dad. During all these years I managed to complete a small sculpture or drawing on occasion so I never left the art realm. Guess I got pulled into the machine and itís taken a few decades to realign.
Please visit my web site http://kevinschraderart.us to see my other works and thanks for your interest!