We had the good fortune of connecting with Ken Steimle and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ken, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
My life has taken many twists and turns. Moving across the country from NY to AZ was a huge risk. Forgoing art college out of high school was another risk. My life was unconventional and filled with hard work. I learned art techniques and how paint works by spending countless hours in the studio. I went to college as an adult taking twelve credits a semester while working full time. My wife at this time gave birth to a baby boy Milo Venn Steimle who was born two months early at two pounds eleven ounces. Milo was in the NICU for a month and each day after work I would drive to the hospital with my school books in hand and spend time with him. Countless hours in the NICU with my son Milo changed my life. It gave me a new and fresh perspective on how I saw the world. The doctors and nurses in the NICU were so kind and talented caring for Milo’s every need. Each day they would encourage me on Milo’s progress. The doctors began to take notice of my school books and even remembered taking some of the same undergraduate classes. If it wasn’t for risk taking and hard work I wouldn’t be writing this article talking to you. Milo is a healthy six year old and is over four feet tall. He has a younger brother named Hudson who is five. Throughbit all, I even graduated Magna Cum Laude from Trine University with a degree in commmications and a postbaccalaureate from Rio Salado college in the teacher certificate program. I am in my sixth year of teaching in the public school system. My art keeps getting better. Life is good!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art and career has taken many twists and turns. It has been an unconventional journey filled with surprises and interesting people. I’ve had a huge support team around me. My mom has been there to support me in this artistic journey. She would help me when I couldn’t afford to buy canvases or paint. What sets me apart is my resilience to keep going through the hard times. I am a fighter and when I get knocked down I get back up and keep creating.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to the mountains in Sedona.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Alison Steimle Milo Steimle Hudson Steimle

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