Came to the United States, 1942, naturalized, 1955. Pupil Anton Otto Fisher, 1947.
Joined United States Merchant Marine, 1942, advanced through grades to chief mate, 1945, retired, 1965. Owner, operator Skalagard Square, Rigger Art Gallery, Carmel, 1966. Library Mayo Hays O'Donnel Library., Monterey, California, 1971-1973.
Painter United States Naval Heritageseries, 1973. Exhibited in numerous one-man shows including Palace Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1960, J.F. Howland, 1963-1965, FairmontHotel, San Francisco, 1963, Galerie de Tours, 1969, 72-73, Pebble Beach Gallery, 1968, Laguna Beach (California) Gallery, 1969, Arden Gallery, Atlanta, 1970, Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco, Maritine Museum of Monterey, California, 1993, Rigger Art Gallery, Carmel, California, Stanton Center, Monterey, 1993, St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco, 1995, Monterey National Museum, 1993. Group shows: American Artists, Eugene, Oregon, Robert Louis Stevenson Exhibit, Carmel Valley Gallery, Biarritz and Paris, France, David Findley Galleries, New York City and Faroe Island, Europe, Martime Museum, California, 1993, 94, 95, Pacific Coast Lumber Schooners, 1994, numerous others.
Represented in permanent collections. Naval Post Graduate school and Library., Allen Knight Maritime Museum, Salvation Army Building, Monterey, California, Robert Louis Stevenson School, Pebble Beach, Anenberg Art Galleries, Chestlibrook Ltd., Skalagard Art Gallery, Carmel, 1984. Work represented in numerous boosk including Modern Masters of Marine Art, 1993.
Profiled in professional journals. Lecturer Board of directors Allen Knight Maritime Museum, 1973, member of advisory and acquisition commission, 1973-1977. Founder Skalagard Square Rigger Gallery.
Chairperson Mayor's Choice Exhibit Carmel, California, 1995. Co founder Carmel Gallery Alliance.
Chairperson Mayor's Choice Exhibit, Carmel, 1993-1995. Co-founder Carmel Gallery Alliance, since 2000. Member Navy League (board directors Monterey), International Platform Association, Sons of Norway (cultural director 1974-1975, 76-77), American Merchant Marine Veterans Association (Goden Gate chapter), Combat Merchant Marine World War II Association (council), Mariners (San Francisco Bay area chapter).
Married Mignon Diana Haack Haegland, March 31, 1955. 1 child, Karen Solveig Sikes.