Who is Artman?
I cannot remember a time not making art. It has always been a part of my life.
I did not set out to become an artist, art teacher or even a photographer. As a child I was captivated by the United States space race to get to the moon, and I wanted to be an astronaut! Unfortunately for me my vision was really bad, and that ruled out that pursuit.
My biggest influence in choosing Art as a career path was my Dad – the original Artman. He was the high school art teacher for 30 years at Willard City Schools (1959-1985.) He taught art in West Virgina for a few years before moving to Ohio after being drafted into the Army for two years. He was also a graphic artist, sign painter, and I learned most of my skills from being his apprentice.
I did not pursue art until halfway through high school, when I really became interested in photography.
After high school I attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and graduated with a degree in photography and multimedia. I worked as a photographer for a few years and then decided I wanted to pursue a career in art. I returned to college after joining the Ohio Army National Guard and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Art and a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Ashland University.
I began teaching in 1989 and was a substitute teacher for a year until I began a full-time teaching position at Black River Schools. In 1994 I accepted a teaching position in the Willard City Schools teaching elementary art. I have exhibited art around Ohio, painted signs and billboards with my dad, been an art consultant, completed my Masters Degree in Art Education at Boston University and have recently begun a community-based art education program in the Willard area with a studio and gallery in New Haven, Ohio called The Art Junction. I hope you enjoy this blog site and my pursuit to build a creative community in the Willard area.