I have been an artist since I was 14 years old when I entered the "Draw Me" contest, sponsored by the Art Instruction Schools of Minneapolis Minnesota. It was 1966 and unbeknownst to my parents, I carefully drew the test from my Boys Life Magazine and sent it off to be judged.
I did not win. But several months later a salesman from the school showed up at our house and told my surprised parents that while I did not win their contest, I was someone they wanted in their school. To my greater surprise my parents enrolled me and I have made art ever since.
Today I own a small business and I still make art every day. Doing both is difficult, but I learned by watching my father, who was a college professor (by education) and a farmer (by love), how to make different parts of my life successfully mesh together. I still follow that model today. And while I need to be many things in life, I still choose to make art first.
Steve Englund 2014