So, you'd like to know a little more about me eh?
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This page was created to answer some of the basic questions that I've gotten over the years about my personal life and just give a little look at “me” instead of my art.
I was born, December 2nd 1975, raised and still live in Minnesota, only leaving for 4 years when I attended The Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. I don't stay in Minnesota because I love it here, but it's what I know.
My full legal birth name was Keith James Johnson but I dropped my last name for art and writing. Now, my full legal married name is Keith James Nickolaus-Johnson… more about that in a bit.
I'm a bit of a comic book, fantasy geek – hence the name of my website. While I don't get into every aspect of the "geek scene", most of my favorite interests have to do with some form of geekerie. I'm also a bit of a theatre geek; I enjoy a good musical, but more so, I enjoy performing in them.
My faith is important to me, but these days the word “Christian,” has become associated with many things I find drastically inconsistent with the life and teachings of Jesus. So I'm very cautious about identifing myself with that term. I don't believe Jesus was, a white republican... or democrat. That said I do believe in God. More so I believe in Jesus Christ.
I don't profess to be a good Christian. I'm a work in progress. I just try to treat everyone the way I want to be treated.
I’m doing the best I can. When I know better, I’ll do better.
My family is deeply religious and while I'd like to talk more about them, I can't. It's said every family has a black sheep, but mine has a pink one in me. If you haven't gotten it from anywhere else on my site yet, I'm gay, and I'd be lying if I said, my family didn't have an issue with everything I said above about my faith and also be comfortable with my sexuality.
I need to point out, my family aren't bad people. They don't hate me and I don't hate them. We love each other very much and only want what is best for each other; we just disagree on what is best for me.
I'm not big on pre-written prayers, but this classic is perfect for how I try to deal with my family. Unfortunately, that doesn't change the fact that my relationship with my family has been significantly strained since the day I came out. I pray that soon they'll realize what I have about the issue, because they are missing out on getting to know a really neat person…
This is John. I think he's pretty amazing. We share a faith, and he's one of the sweetest, kindest, most talented people I know… and I think he's absolutely adorable. He's an avid Wizard of Oz enthusiast and has an incredible collection of Oz paraphernalia. He makes amazing crafts, cross-stitches, paints porcelain sculptures, and decorates our home strkingly for nearly every holiday, and he has an eye for colour I rarely see in people. He's also a gifted performer and director of theatre, and he can sing beautifully.
I met John sometime in late 2001 or early 2002. We went on a date and had a nice time, but decided to just be friends. And that’s all we were for about a year - which is one of my favorite things about our relationship. It was founded in friendship. But sometime in 2003 something happened; our friendship turned a corner and next thing either of us knew, we were dating until 2005, when I moved in with him.
Understand, to us, that was marriage. We didn't make a big deal of it at the time. We didn't have a ceremony or anything because (at the time) it wasn't a legal reality and frankly, we knew my family wouldn't attend. But sometime in the following year, during
an argument a discussion with my family, the topic of marriage came up. I tried to explain that as far as John and I were concerned, we already were married. But my parents explained why they felt a ceremony was an important part of marriage, and you know what - they convinced me.
So John and I decided to have a ceremony. My family didn't attend of course, but that wasn't the point. We held it on October 14th, 2006, and have regarded that as our anniversary date ever since. Then in 2013 marriage was legalized for gay couples and we had a tiny ceremony, in our living room with some friends and the pastor who led our ceremony in 2006. Like before, it wasn't a big deal. To us, it was simply a legal extension of what we already did.
John and I have lived in 5 homes in the time we've been together - struggling to find the right fit in our home. But we feel really good about the place we're in now. Eventually I'll post some pictures, especially as we continue to make the place more and more our own.
When I first met John, he had 3 cats and 2 dogs. They've all passed away in the years since. After the last one had passed, we thought we'd take a break. But less than a year later, we addopted this sweetheart... Toto. I’m pretty sure she’s ruined me forever having another dog.
When I'm not drawing or painting, or spending time with my hubby, I enjoy a good movie, television show - or even book. John and I have an extensive collection of movies and music. And as I mentioned earlier, he and I are both fans of theatre. I know! A couple gay men interested in musical theatre… what are the chances?!
We even tried forming our own community theatre. Unfortunately we only produced 4 shows before we had to stop. Producing is a lot of work and we just didn't have the manpower or finances to continue. Maybe someday we'll resume, but for now, we just like to perform and/or direct other productions on occasion.
Below are photos from some of the productions we've been involved in over the years...