David Ondrik is an artist, art teacher, and writer. He grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and now lives in Bloomington, IN. In elementary school Ondrik’s goal was to read the thickest books in the library, although it took two or three tries before he got all the way through “Little Women.” While looking for fat books to read, he discovered J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” which launched his continuing love of fantasy adventure. A little later on he discovered the visual arts, like Robert Rauschenberg and Joel-Peter Witkin, and has been practicing photography, painting, drawing, and printmaking ever since.
From 2004-2015 he taught art at the high school and elementary levels, specializing in photography but covering the gamut of drawing, painting, art history, and computer graphics. Not ceramics though. Never ceramics. In 2009 he achieved a National Board Certification for Early Adolescent / Young Adult Visual Art Instruction.
In the summer of 2013 he began a short story that continues to grow into a young adult novel, “The Hound of Aneirin.”
In 2015 he entered the MFA photography program at Indiana University.