15 December, 2008
Photo & Bio
Some favorite art bloggers of mine have recently posted good photos of themselves, and it adds a dimension that makes the authors more reachable. Some others have updated photos, as well. Even though I know perfectly well what I look like, it strikes me that some of my readers may think that I have an orange 'fro, and a red nose.
So, in the interests of full disclosure, above I re-post my best photo portrait from last year. And, here is a short biography from March that I offer, with a little updating:
My name is Kenneth C. Klahn. The nickname, Casey, is a play on my initials.
Max Klahn, my grandfather, immigrated from Germany around the turn of the 20th Century and pioneered on the very, very rugged and extreme northwest corner of the USA. Max logged and home-steaded, and my father Kenneth K. Klahn logged and served in the elite Tenth Mountain Division in WW II. I visited the battle sights in North Italy in 2006.
I was born in 1958 and grew up in the hardscrabble town of Hoquiam, Washington. From the age of four until I graduated high school at age seventeen, I drew over 100,000 drawings. Mostly the figure.
I did complete two of three large correspondence binders from the Norman Rockwell Famous Artist's School Course for Talented Young People when I was not quite a teenager. I co-founded a "Master's" art class for high schoolers, cartooned for and co-edited our award winning HS newspaper. Otherwise, I am a self taught artist, and began the fine art profession about ten years ago.
A few other interesting things about me include that I am married to Lorie Teel Klahn, who is a Nurse Practitioner, and we have two young children. We own a small farm in eastern Washington, but don't actively farm.
My work life before fine art included specialty retail sales work at REI, mountain guiding on Mount Rainier, and ten years in the Army National Guard where I was a Captain of Infantry. I have done a modest amount of international travel, and hold a Bachelor's degree in the Bible. I served as a short-term missionary in the deep jungles of Costa Rica, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.
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Tomorrow: 2 Years of The Colorist!