I am a 61 year old artist and jack of some trades. Was born in Minneapolis, moved to California at 20, relocated to Washington state 6 years ago. At 20 my father and I created a machine shop in the garage, a year later we moved into a sheet metal shop, a couple years later we closed shop and I went back to school. Studying electronics by day and working graveyard at an audio/video duplication house. Electronics was interesting to learn but didn't see a career in it, so back to machining I went. In my mid thirties I received an offer to machine in a small shop servicing wineries in Sonoma county. So I rented a room right on the Russian river and moved out of the city. In 96' and 98' the river flooded causing lots of damage. Which created a lot of work in construction, so I learned drywall, plumbing, electrical and roofing. Hence, my career as a handyman/caretaker started, created a kitchen for my sister, built a deck for my brother, made a soundproof studio in a garage for a friend, flipped a house, etc.
Four years ago I ended up in the emergency room with an abscess near my tailbone, they cut me open and cleaned it out. Due to the location of the wound they couldn't use stitches to close me up, so it took 4 months to heal. Unfortunately, three months later the abscess came back, now I am being treated by a wonderful surgeon with "drainage tubes", which continues to this day. Why I shared this medical history is to explain how my life has changed, first I can't sit upright comfortably for over twenty minutes, also bending over multiple times is extremely uncomfortable. But the worst side effect is the "shakes," my ability to hand carve or use power tools safely is gone. So these past few years I've had to reinvent myself, so I delved into graphic design, paper crafting and sticker making.