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My Background- I have worked in varied constructive trades to earn a living, but artistic, geometric expression has always been at my core. I am a self educated generalist, with many interests. After my teen years spent in Italy, England and Vermont, i dropped out of formal education and left home to seek my fortune. I followed an older friend, to New York City, to learn about life and lived there for about two years or so. Gradually, it was individualism which inspired my quest for ecological-sustainability and a rural life style. I moved to Maine around 1970 and supported myself with general building trades. Personal ingenuity and lack of substantial rural jobs flowered into my quest for increasing hand-to-mouth self-sufficiency. I did earn a diploma from The Cleveland Institute In Electronics, through a snail-mail correspondence course, in1975, (Electronics Technology). I loved some aspects of electronic theory, but lacked attractive opportunities or mentors. Besides, my real reference to the world is geometry. All of my formal schooling had focused on math and verbal memorization, which always held me back. I might have faired better in a world where language is more geometrically communicated. Fast forward to 1992, when 3d computer-aided-design became affordable. I finally focused on 3-d, non-linear geometry. I was completely self taught at first, using Windows 3.1-- Eventually the internet with publicly accessible forums and tech support, further educated me. This covers my general technical background. I also studied many varied biological, philosophic and spiritual disciplines as well, (largely from an independent stance, to avoid prejudice which easily arises, concerning almost anything outside of the dominant status quo).
I would have happily moved to the State of my parent's families, California, except that the Vietnam war was ragging on my 18th birthday. My draft board was in California and i chose to resist that war. (Basically to become a creative, instead of a soldier). Draft resistance hurt one's business opportunities, in the early 1970s. I eventually was inducted by the draft, but with adept tutelage of a work associate, I learned how to "fail the test for soldiering". I became a free citizen again, with much relief. I simply knew too much about wars generally as my dad had served in the Military Police. Dad had seen plenty of improper political action, even in that "good war", (WWII). He was not joking. For better or worse, i never came to know other Atkinson's who were very independently-minded business people, proud not to sup together (according to one uncle). I am a fifth generation Atkinson, of the USA, still working with earth and stone. I have also volunteered in public service with my local volunteer fire department (10 years) and other civic groups like The Conservation Commission.