In Writing this Autobiography, I wanted to be sure up front that my Parent's Memory would be held in the Highest Regard, So in clarifying the reasons for spending so much time alone as a child, is not to discredit their Parenting, they did the best they could in every situation. But to fully understand the creative process in my life, I must begin at the beginning! In the way things were, on a Dairy Farm, with all of the work that involved, then adding the Gas Station to the equation. There just wasn't time for this middle child. This has never come with regrets from me. I truly see all that has happened in my life as a direct result of those formative years alone, just Wandering and Imagining Life, as I perceived it to be. The strength of character that comes from, at a very early age, having to make decisions beyond my years. There was no limit you see, on how I imagined life to be.
My Dad and older brother Jerry spent days when he was not in school in the Gas Station helping my Grandparents run things. My younger brother Keith had Rheumatic Fever, so my Mother spent her days carrying him everywhere, he grew up to be very strong. In the following pictures of the Gas Station, and my Dad's Motto! I include in this to Preface, This truly was how we also were raised. "Fix it yourself, Then call Russ" There is great Humor and Irony being raised to have incredible common sense, because of it. Being so visual, I must ad old Photo's to this Autobiography, although many are in great contrast to the border I have created! I think it shows the dichotomy of Imaginary and Reality in the Life of this Artist, although those early lessons, have helped me along the way of having a full grasp of both in equal measure. lest you see me as delusional! I am quite balanced! A bit Eccentric perhaps, but in a good way!