I have resigned from my position at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. When I was first hired in October 2006, my plan was to keep the job for 5 years, prepare myself for self employment as an artist, and study my trade (oil painting) while gaining a better understanding of art history.
My personal goal was to complete my book "The Aesthetics of Composition in Abstract Oil Painting" and it looks like I have done just that. I am now on a final edit of my book. I expect to complete the final edit by the end of August. I started writing this book in 1999. I have been completing my formal work over the last three years. It is intended to be a complete study for the student of oil painting. If everything goes according to plan I will release my book through the iTunes book store sometime in January of the coming year 2013. If things don't go according to plan I will self publish through a university press.
My 5 year plan became 5 years and 9 months. Not bad considering that I was out of touch for a year and three months on medical leave after the bike accident.
My wife and I are moving to Maui, Hawaii at the end of August. We will both be self employed. I will work as a full time artist. Athena will be opening "Such Good Dogs" a dog boarding, kenneling, and training facility. We are both very excited for the future, and very grateful for our past.
...and thanks for all the fish.