I was born in 1952 in an old farm house located in the middle of the cotton fields of Eastern Arkansas. I was a product of both Oriental and Southern culture, as my Mom was a native of Yokahama, Japan. She provided much toward my artistic sensibilities, while my Dad gave me the good legacy of Southern humor. I served in the Army in the early 70s and began my university degrees soon afterwards. I hold the BFA and MA degrees from Arkansas State University and the MFA from the University of Iowa. While at Iowa, I worked as assistant registrar at the IA Museum of Art, and accompanied a large show of African art to the Taiwan Museum of Art in Taichung. This greatly influenced my interest in animal imagery and symbolism. I was hired at ETSU in 1990 to head the drawing program, and later served as department Chair. I now head the printmaking program, teaching full time.
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