Memoir of my Extraordinary Childhood | Yes, Artists do See the World Differently

It has been a crazy spring! In addition to opening a second Xanadu location in Pinetop, AZ, I’ve also been working through the final edits and design proofs for my new book, a memoir recounting my extraordinary childhood. I’m excited to announce that the book is now available to pre-order and will ship on July 1st!

You might already know the broad outlines of the story of my childhood. I grew up with a father and mother who, against all odds, built my father’s artistic career into a success.

The geodesic dome rises in the Idaho countryside.

What you may not know is that, in addition to choosing to pursue an unusual career path, my dad and mom bucked just about every other convention of contemporary life. For example, my eight siblings and I didn’t attend much traditional school – we were enrolled in Montessori classes and were home-schooled for much of our youth. My dad built, by hand, a three-story geodesic dome in the Idaho countryside. It took years to complete, and while he was working on it, we lived in a single-wide mobile home in some pretty primitive conditions. We endured periods of extreme financial privation, as well as periods of plenty. We traveled all over the country visiting galleries and participating in art shows. And that’s just the beginning!

That’s me, top center, with my dad and mom and five of my siblings. Eventually there would be nine children.

I credit my unusual childhood with giving me resourcefulness, courage and creativity, and there’s not a thing about it I would change. At the same time, many of the details of my upbringing astound even me!

I invite you to share in my family’s incredible adventure. Pre-order a copy of Dad Was an Artist | A Survivor’s Story today.

Pre-order today, and I’ll send you an signed copy!

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About the Author: Jason Horejs

Jason Horejs is the Owner of Xanadu Gallery, author of best selling books "Starving" to Successful & How to Sell Art , publisher of, and founder of the Art Business Academy. Jason has helped thousands of artists prepare themselves to more effectively market their work, build relationships with galleries and collectors, and turn their artistic passion into a viable business.


  1. I love the title and can’t wait to read it. I work at a library and connect with other artists who are patrons. My favorite part is readers advisory so I will make sure that they know about it too! 😻

  2. Jason,

    I want to order directly from you. Paula and I will be back up to Lakeside next weekend from a quick trip to our studios in Arivaca (google it). We will come in for our copy when the shipment arrives.

    We enjoyed meeting you this past week and are proud to be your #2/3 sale in the new gallery. You will learn many new things to write about with your new venture of course and we expect your blog to tell us all about them.

  3. Fascinating! Unusual beginnings nurture immeasurable richness in our adult lives. We share a certain resilience and determination that could not be otherwise attained.

  4. I love the title, it is really funny! I know the territory well. I should write a book with the title…Mom and Dad were poets… I BARELY survived story!! Can’t wait to read your book!

  5. I was raised by wolves.Not literally, but I don’t think I could make a good story out of it. Look forward to seeing yours. And have you possible read Erin Gafill’s book? “Drinking from a cold spring?”her memoir on the way to becoming an acclaimed Big Sur artist. I think you’d like it.

    1. Maria,
      Have you read “A wolf at the table” by (brain blank) same author of “Running with scissors”?
      You just never know! 😉

      -Congratulations Jason!

  6. Hi Jason:

    Congratulations. I just ordered a copy of your new book. I am curious to know also about your siblings. You have a fascinating life and story to tell us. I hope your book arrives before my trip to Alaska.


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