David Johnson was born across the big river in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He attended public school, baled hay, walked beans and earned a BFA at the University of Iowa. He was a liquor store clerk, worked in a K-Mart Pet and Garden Center and stacked boxes at the Sears Catalog Warehouse in Minneapolis. He earned his MFA at Miami University where he worked with Robert Wolfe. He has taught Drawing and Printmaking at Ball State University since 1988. He has shown his work in over 400 exhibitions.
The words are by John Hendricks to a tune by Thelonious Monk