Hello, my name is Dave Knechel. Good luck pronouncing my last name (nek' ul). I grew up in Flemington, New Jersey, but moved to the Orlando, Florida area in 1981.
When I moved here, I got a job as a hard line/ad layout artist for the Belk Lindsey department store chain. I later worked for a couple of ad agencies and printers, but left the graphic design business in 2007. Previous to that profession, I worked in the restaurant industry and walked around smelling like an onion for years.
When I was 4 years old, my grandparents bought me a “paint by number” oil painting kit. I did not like it at all. It wasn't creative and the paints were inferior. How I knew they were junk when I had never even seen oil paints before is still a mystery to me. I told my parents and they bought me a real set. My first painting, at 4, was the Rock of Gibraltar because my father sold insurance for Prudential back then. One day I will retire and go back to oils. In the meantime, I will try my hand at a little writing.
Please read my interview, 5 Questions With: Dave Knechel
Thank you, Growing Bolder!