Updated: Aug 9, 2022
I grew up with Jay Shinn and his family. They were important in Magnolia, Arkansas where I grew up. Jay was six years younger than me. His father was a real estate developer who owned the motel where my mother worked at the front desk. He didn't want Jay to pursue art but to get into business as he did.
Jay loved art when he was in junior high. When I started my first year of art training in college, I'd bring him with me sometimes. His sister who was a bit older was in my classes.
He became well known and I've been following him on and off for a good while although I'm sure he won't remember me. I'm so glad he followed his dreams.