Son of Barb and Dan and the brother of three extraordinary sisters. I had the great good fortune to grow up in Duluth Minnesota where I was encouraged to be happy and work hard. I earned a BFA from Bemidji State University and a MFA from Indiana university. While a student at BSU I was a two time All-American and the 1984 NAIA National springboard diving champion. After school I taught art at various institutions - the last of which brought me back to Minnesota. I settled in Saint Paul and in 1995 started First Hand Decorative Painting. Since starting the company I have worked in hundreds of private homes and businesses in Minnesota and throughout the country.