As a third-grader at Grandview School in Shawano County, a rural one-room school, I looked forward to the public radio afternoon program "Let's Draw," with host James Schwalbach. He told us to draw what we saw and to do our best. So began a lifelong love of art.
I attended public school in Gillett, college at UW-Stout and UW-Superior, and I earned a master's degree at University of Wyoming. I also took classes at UW-Madison with John Wilde and at UW-Whitewater. After a career in teaching at schools in Rice Lake, Owen Withee and Evansville for a total of 39 years, I retired in 2001.
To this day, I still carry a sketchbook in my pocket to record what I see. To Wisconsin Public Radio, I say thank you. Who says our public radio isn't worth the expense?