To put it simply and proudly, I have been an artist all my life: in the commercial world of advertising as an art director, as a visual artist and as a composer. I currently teach at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. My heroes include J.S. Bach, Michelangelo, Willem deKooning, Morton Feldman, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Unsuk Chin, Kaija Saariaho, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Milton Glaser, Herb Lubalin, and the Bang on a Can composers. I have a lot of heroes.

I believe it is important to have heroes.

The most spiritual journey I have been on was a Himalayan trek in which I saw Mt. Everest. I have wanted to see that mountain since I was 10 years old.