Joe took all the art classes offered at his high school and when he had taken every class available he managed to convincehis high school Principle (Columbia River High) to allow him to take two periods a day of art classes at two nearby highschools (Battle Ground High & Fort Vancouver High). Beginning his junior year and continuing for just more than threeyears, Joe began oil painting once a week under the tutelage of a local professional artist by the name of Stan Capon.Stan had the patients and Joe had the desire to learn.
Shortly after he graduated, Joe took a job as a factory sales representative for a wood working equipment manufacturer located in Harrisonville, MI. For the next nine years Joe found himself successfully working in the business world while allowing him no time to follow his true passion for art. Joe always found himself longing and dreaming of a day that would allow him the time to follow his passion.
In 2001 Joe went into the family business with the hopes that this move would eventually give him the time and opportunity to follow his passion for creating art. Within three years of being in the family business an opportunity to purchase a division of the company became available. This part of the business was called Rain City Powersports & Equipment and it sold and serviced Motorcycles, Jet Ski's, Snowmobiles, and ATVs. Joes business like many other companies found themselves a victim of the credit freeze in the fall of 2008 and on November 23, was closed.
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