child of the heartland, Ken Sheffer was born and raised in
rural towns of Kansas and Nebraska. He trained in mathematics
and physics -- and surreptitiously in art -- at the University
of Kansas where he received a B.S. degree in 1959. Continuing
with graduate studies in math and physics at the University
of Kansas and the University of Colorado, he taught briefly
before joining the aerospace program of the 'Sixties, where
he worked on various rocket development programs including
a joint NASA-Atomic Energy Commission project at Jackass Flats,
Nevada (that's really the name) to develop a nuclear-powered
rocket engine for manned missions to Mars.
aerospace, Ken moved into the rapidly growing large-scale
computer industry where eventually he became an international
emissary for a Fortune 500 computer manufacturer, travelling
to many distant and exotic lands. After more than twenty
successful years in the computer profession, Ken found that
he could no longer resist what had been his principal interest
from the time he was age two: making art.
residing comfortably in the hills of San Dimas, California,
Ken works in his home studio at developing ways of expressing
visual poetry with oil on canvas. His work has been shown
in a number of galleries, from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
He also teaches, and he writes on the subject of global ethics.