All of the work I have created in 2019 is a look at my life and all of the changes that have occurred in the past two years. In the past two years, I had a son, lost a dog, had a brother get married and move to London, I moved my entire family back to Iowa, I turned 30-years-old and enrolled in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program at Drake University. It has been an incredibly wonderful and stressful two years. It has simultaneously been the greatest and hardest two years of my entire life, but I wouldn’t change it for a thing. The reason I chose made this crib is that every night at home, in my small cramped apartment, I fought sleep to create artwork, something I am so very passionate about. And every night, my son would wake up in his crib and I would have to go console him, rock him back to sleep or jump in bed with him leaving my artwork on the counter until the next morning. All of my artwork has my wife and my son in it, they have helped shape me to become a better person, helped me change for the better, and to think about others more kindly. All of the artwork in this crib comes from a tired, working to become a better and nicer person, father, husband and humbling grad student hoping to one day be a successful, compassionate and inspiring art teacher.
After reading the book, “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn, I began to realize how different some of our American heroes are compared to what we learned in school. A section in the book talked about how Abraham Lincoln gets credit for abolishing slavery when really it wasn’t even near the top of his priority list, which instantly sparked me to wonder what else was on his priority list?
My poor dog Russell doesn’t know what to make of my son. On one hand, he does get a lot more human food at dinner time but on the other hand sometimes my son walks right up to him and smacks him on the face. To be fair to my son, he is only 18-months-old. To be fair to Russell, he takes it incredibly good. Russell has a bit of a temper tantrum and often snaps. He has never snapped on my son. I wanted to show Russell how it may not seem like it at times lately, but I love and appreciate him.