Retire and Return

Retire and Return


My exhibit is at the Tweed Museum of Art. It will be up for two weeks. Unrealized is the title of it. And that’s a direct reflection of my belief that everybody’s got these unrealized goals, unrealized dreams. My unrealized goal was … getting my degree. I went to school here back in ’78. Life happened. I met my wife, We started having children, I left school. I went to work for UPS. Worked for UPS for 30 years and retired about a year ago. So at that point I said, okay, I’m retired, now what do I want to do? Had a lot of really cool experiences volunteering with the homeless in North Dakota in conjunction with art. Did a little bit of teaching of art on a mission trip in Africa. And thought, you know this is something that maybe I want to pursue but I really need to finish my degree, I came back and it just so happened that they just added this new degree, which is Integrated Studies. I took all the classes I had in psychology and sociology and had to add the art pieces. So I’ve primarily focused on developing my artistic skill. I really find a lot of personal fulfillment in working with other people. So it’s not so much about I want to be an artist, perse. I want to find ways to connect with people through art. In Grand Forks, North Dakota I volunteered at some community ed classes. I had a wheel set up, and at one point during that day, a homeless guy came up to me and kind of just stood there and was kind of watching. And I said to him, I said, well do you want to try? And he said yeah. And then he sat down. And I looked at him and it was a little awkward and I said, can I put my hands on you? Can I touch you? And he said, yeah. And so then I put my hands on him and the we, together, made a cup. And when that cup was done, I took the cup, fired it, glazed it, finished it for him. I heard back that he had been going to every one of his AA, everyone of his counseling meetings, and that at every single meeting he went to, he brought that cup. So tripped with me that it’s that process that he made something, it was his. That achievement, psychologically based, that was success for him. That was the driving force for me to come back. And that’s how I think that psychology and art has this potential to really change our world.

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