|A number of my family members have been involved in
Art in one form or another. My mother finally
started taking art classes after I had moved away from
home. She became rather well known in the art circles of
the Dallas area where she would teach classes in the
community center to youth and senior citizens. My
wife has been more of crafts person but took drawing and
design classes from me at NSCC. My son, Mike, and
Cheryl's son, Marc, also took classes from me at NSCC.
They've both gone off to California to form their own art
careers. I never met my grandfather who died about when I
was born. He has, however, cast a shadow that made the art
career choice possible. Carroll Collier, a distant
cousin worked for my grandfather briefly.
My mother, Violet, with her father, Forrest Kirkland, out on a painting excursion about 1922.
Cheryl Christenson (wife)
Violet Christenson (mother)
Forrest Kirkland (grandfather)