DANE SMITH TOFFLER
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There's No Place Like Home
I was the son of an Air Force couple that wanted their children to see more of the world than Toledo, Ohio had to offer. Therefore, my early life was filled with vistas from locations as diverse as Yokohama, Japan and Mississippi City, Mississippi. Six years were spent in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Therefore, I was exposed to many colors, cultures and customs. My own desire for travel has never been quenched.
My father was a professional Illustrator/Graphics designer who sincerely hoped that I would follow in his footsteps. I showed early promise as an artist and so my father started to train me in the craft.
By the time I reached High School age it was clear that I was an artistic prodigy. Although this made my father happy, it made my classmates jealous. After three years of having my artwork defaced with graffiti every time it was hung, I was through with being an artist.
It wasn’t until 2009, when my father passed away after a short illness, that I found myself with the task of doing something with all his art-making equipment and supplies. His last plans had been to make a large portrait of Marilyn Monroe. Since he died before he could execute the work, I took a cue from the board being on the easel that I was supposed to at least finish the one that got away from him.
I realized that my career as an artist was not over. I am still using art supplies my father left here. I think he would be happy.