Dave and Jen Bahm

I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and started drawing at about age eight. My Mom encouraged me to start painting and drawing at that time, and she offered a lot of help, being an artist herself. My Dad is an architect, so his attention to small details and perspective was also very helpful. By the time I reached high school, I was fairly skilled at painting and illustrating. In high school I was involved with the school newspaper and yearbook, which gave me enough experience to work as a paste up artist after graduation. The following year I enrolled at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma and majored in Commercial Art. I received a Bachelor's degree in 1991. In addition, I studied desktop publishing at Oklahoma State University in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. I have worked professionally in graphic design and advertising since 1992.

When I recount all the blessings in my life I am quite thankful... a wonderful marriage, great friends and family, and a fun career. I am a 49-year-old Christian, artist, husband, step-dad, father-in-law and grandfather who happened to be born with Cerebral Palsy. My legs and arms have stiffened up as I've aged, and my lower back has developed some pain and limited range of movement, but I strive on. I know that there is a purpose for me being disabled, and somehow God gives me strength to endure whatever comes my way.

One of the greatest blessings in my life is Jennifer. We met on the internet in late 1997 and were married four months later. I relocated from Albuquerque to Denver to be with her, and have never regretted the decision. In 2017 we decided to move to the Tampa, Florida area to escape the snow and cold, and to be near family. Our marriage has been colored with successes, failures, and challenges to finances and health, but we strive to put each other - and God - first. The love, friendship and passion we share gets better every year, and we make a great team!

Living with a disability in the United States is likely easier than in any other country, and I think the public attitude towards persons like myself is improving. I offer my art here in hopes of changing that perception even more, and perhaps being a source of encouragement to other disabled persons.

Dave painting