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Monday, July 4, 2022

Fine Arts

Coast Guard veteran uses art, writing to paint a different picture of the future

Sitting in his senior painting studio in the Fine Arts building, Coast Guard veteran Dave Kufner works on writing a script while he waits for a canvas to dry. He makes the most out of any free time he has — being a painter, actor, writer and student all at once is time consuming.

The senior painting major, who hails from Green Bay, Wis., is a man of many interests, but right now he’s trying to make a name for himself as an actor and screenwriter. During the past 10 years, Kufner has been cast in films and has worked as an extra in NBC’s “Revolution.”

Dave Kufner, hopes to make his mark in the entertainment industry. | Arrianne Goddard/ The Cougar

Dave Kufner hopes to make his mark in the entertainment industry.  |  Arrianne Goddard/ The Cougar

“I’ve always been a very creative person and I’ve always enjoyed making things,” Kufner said. “But right now I am very into acting and I hope to land some more major roles soon.”

Kufner’s pursuit into the film business started later in life.

“I did take a few acting classes in high school and a few workshops, but that is about it. I never had any formal training of any kind.”

Kufner is also an accomplished painter who has worked on film sets and designed costumes for Comic Con and Dragon Con.

“Painting is something I have enjoyed doing for some time now,” Kufner said. “That is why I decided to go back to school a pursue a degree in it.”

In addition, Kufner served in the United States Coast Guard for 12 years after completing high school.

He is in the process of scripting a new screenplay for a sci-fi spinoff film. He is collaborating with a few local production designers and special effects artists to create his vision. He hopes to start filming before the year ends.

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