August 30, 2007

About the Artist

Filed under: — Colby @ 5:53 pm

About-the-artistReferee soccer, paint a mural, coach kids in Holland, ride bike at White Rock Lake….

Art stuff: I’ve been drawing for as long as I remember. As a child I would draw my older sister’s paper dolls and outfits. In junior and senior high school I drew cartoons for the community paper and school papers and was awarded a scholarship to the art school at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. I studied art at the University of Texas and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Lutheran University with majors in art and history. I’ve illustrated various booklets published by the United States Soccer Federation and have been published in The Dallas Morning News, The White Rocker, The Seguin Gazette, The Daily Texan, The Lone Star Lutheran and The Pitch.

I’ve received various awards from the National Arts Program and the State Fair of Texas. I’ve been a staff artist or have done freelance work for advertising agencies but usually find “commercial art” too constrictive.

Sidetracked: Like many aspiring artists my goals were diverted in order to pay the bills, especially after God blessed my wife and me with a child early in our marriage. I got a “temporary” job with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department and retired after 30 years.

Other stuff: I got involved in soccer back in the mid-1960’s and found myself playing on a state championship team, coaching at the high school level and helping organize new leagues and competitions in various parts of the city including an inner-city program with more than 3,000 children from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. I became a referee and advanced to the professional level, officiating games in the outdoor NASL, the indoor MISL and various other leagues. Currently, I’m a National Emeritus referee and still find time to do local amateur games.

I sing in our church choir but not loud enough to ruin the music. My wife and I were married for 40 years before she passed away suddenly in May, 2008. We have two children and four grandchildren.

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