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About Mr. Tibstra

I was born and raised in Evergreen Park, Illinois, went through the Chicago Southwest Christian School system and graduated from Trinity Christian College with majors in Fine Art and Education and a minor in Journalism. I was an artist from the day I could hold a pencil.

I taught in a variety of schools in the southwest suburbs of Chicago before moving to Kankakee where I met my wife, Sheila during my years of teaching art and coaching at Central High School. While my students occasionally give me some credit for their success, I give an appreciative nod to my old boss, Arlyn Rabideau who gave me the latitude to pursue both of my vocations-as long as the teaching didn't suffer! My students have gone on to become Hollywood 'creature creators' like Curt Chiarelli, as well as illustrators for graphic novels like Batman's Don Kramer. I know other students have gone on to continue their art in less publicized, but personally fulfilling ways, and I often hear from them. Few things give me more pleasure than the success of my students. My hope is to get a mention at an Academy Award ceremony someday!

My wife and I have settled down to a quiet life with our homes and friends in Kankakee, Illinois and Mountain Home, Arkansas. You'll often find us out on the lake or the river at sunset and in a hockey rink the rest of the evening! Give me a shout if you want to hit a little tennis or golf!