Wolfspirit, A Commander with a Covert Portfolio
am named John by my parents. I was born the second twin son. Kaposia is the Lakota name for the Native American settlement on the West banks of the Mississippi River. The city there is now called South St. Paul,Minnesota. I was raised here and have left, travelled and then returned a number of times to this place I come to as "home". I attended the local high school in the late '70's. I earned my Bachelor's from the Bendictine Monks of St. John's University & Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. Since then I have been married, a father, divorced, and the marriage annulled. I have worked as a Scientist, Youth Minister, Financial Worker, Computer Technician, Crisis Intervention Specialist, Research Associate, and Psychiatric Counselor. MY GREATEST PRIDE & JOY IN MY LIFE IS MY DAUGHTER I received the nickname Wolfspirit in 1980. ....Ask me about balloon animals and how I got started.... Artistic, Earthy, Easygoing, Flexible, Eccentric, Flirtatious, Playful, Humorous, Witty, Intellectual, Low Maintenance, Procrastinator, Spiritual, Stubborn, Talkative, Unconventional. I enjoy helping people and having them laugh aloud when I work. Former Youth Minister turned Crisis Counselor turned disabled Artist, Actor and Catholic Worker. I'm Oblate of St Benedict, which means I practice monastic contemplative spirituality while living in the secular world....I'm open minded, extroverted, free-spirited, and independent. I was born in 1959 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. I am a self-taught artist and hope that you enjoy my works as much as I do making them. My love for art began when I was a child, fascinated by colors of nature, skies, and especially manned spaceflight. For many years, I just made art for a hobby. At the age of 38, while working as a Crisis Counselor, an agitated psych patient attempted to break my neck , rendering me permanently disabled and nearly losing my life. Since that time I have been exploring this brave new world of the Disabled Artist. I had to lie on my back and be still. In this state, I began marking up discarded CD discs and liked the reflective effect. My art came about because of meditation and prayer. Some of the pieces generated are rather abstract, but still have a spiritual aspect. In 2005, I began to make my artwork with the Interact Center (www.interactcenter.com); a one-of-a-kind organization dedicated to work with disabled artists and actors. I am an artist and performer as well. I work with balloon animals at community events. I enjoy helping people and having them laugh aloud when I work. Stay tuned, as I am moving into and now expanding my proficiency in other art media as well.
John H. R. Pieper, Obl.S.B.'s Blog
I may have asked before, but I'm starting an art project called, "Friends I've Never Met".
What I plan on doing is a series of black and white portraits. I am asking that those friends who are interested in this would email me a picture at least 3" x 5" in JPEG format. By 31 July 2008. I'm hoping to put them side by side in a show. Then, I hope to put them here online.
Please email them with the heading,… Continue
Posted on July 24, 2008 at 3:57pm