About the Artists...
Born a city-boy in Kansas, it is the Kansas landscape and the working people that inspire me. Farmer, teacher, nurse, factory worker, urban and rural families all making this State great. Whether it is an early morning sunrise over the flint hills, a star stretched night sky in western Kansas, or a lively evening in the heart of the city, this state reverberates in my soul and I see and feel the same things all across the great country.
I am a native Kansan who grew up in Topeka and moved to Wichita to attend Friends University. There I received a degree in Music Education and then went to Wichita State and received a Masters in Music Education (Conducting). I taught in the Wichita district for 11 years before setting out as a full-time musician in 1995.
I am a member of the Kansas Arts on Tour Roster with the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (formerly the Kansas Arts Commission). I am a founding artist with Arts Partners Wichita where I have been a roster artist since 1995. I am also a Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist with Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts and a teaching artist with Kansas Wolf Trap and Baby ArtsPlay. I am a proud member of AFM Local 1000 and serve on the Ex. Board as U. S. Vice President.
In 1990, I co-founded Hope Street Youth Development and served as its Executive Director for 19 years. The organization worked with middle and high school students providing leadership opportunities including academic and youth organizing. I am currently working on a leadership certificate with the Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita Kansas.
Bella is a 4 year old Yellow Lab. She was born on the Siess Ranch in Seneca, KS. They are a wonderful breeder known for terrific dogs. She is from a strong stock of hunting dogs but little did she know her life would be spent in a different kind of field. Although the first day I brought her home she froze in the back yard and pointed a bird 15 yards away. How they know what to do is beyond me!
We worked together for two years and in February of 2017 she received her Therapy Dog International certification and a month later she was certified as a Professional Therapy Dog in the state of Kansas.