Lance's Journal: Jake Olson's Dramatic Recovery, Jan. 5, 2015

While Jake Olson was growing up in Tekamah, Nebraska, he realized that he had some artistic talent, but he never paid much attention to it.

Unfortunately, Jake was distracted by an addiction. While he was in college, Jake started a 25-year run of abusing alcohol.

After he graduated high school in 1992, Jake moved to Colorado, "I lived in Denver for the majority of my life. I was in high-end retail sales. I worked for Neiman Marcus and I sold high-end wrist watches from anywhere from $5,000 to a quarter of a million dollars."

Jake was a functioning alcoholic. But he lost his job when the economy went bad in 2008, "I came to visit my grandparents and I basically moved into their house and I didn't go back to Denver and I just drank really heavy for a long time, you know. So it was a lot of depression."

Then one day 3 years ago, Jake decided to seek help at an alcohol abuse treatment facility in O'Neill, "30 days later, I came out, I didn't know what I was going to do."

Jake picked up a camera for the first time at the age of 38 an he started sharing his photography on facebook, "I thought what if we could people in these landscapes. There was a reason why I was doing Nebraska landscapes because when I lived in Colorado people would make fun of Nebraska, they'd say it's so flat and ugly and how can you stand being there?"

Jake rediscovered what many of us have known for years, "When the sun goes down in Nebraska, it is the most beautiful place on earth.

When Jake started using photoshop to enhance his pictures 3 years ago, he says photoshop was a dirty word.

Today, people can't get enough of Jake's photoshop expertise.There are currently thousands of aspiring artists around the world that have purchased Jake's on-line videos.

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