By Marj Oleske
Step through the front door of West River Computers, on Martin’s Main Street, and you may think you have stepped into an exclusive art gallery.
Jesse Clifford has brought both sides of his talent to his new business of computer repair and sales. Along with the usual computer technology, Clifford has lined the walls of his showroom with his oil and acrylic paintings.
Returning to school after completing his GED, Clifford graduated from USD in Vermillion with his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. While honing his artistic talent, he was also working on another love, repairing computers.
He has 15 years of experience repairing computers, or as he calls it, “a hobby that went crazy.” While in school in Vermillion, Clifford established a non-proft corporation, FACT, or Foundation for Access to Computer Technology. His work brought computers to many people who had no other resources for purchasing one.
Clifford grew up in Kyle, and attended high school in Martin, Kyle, and Vermillion. Not having graduated haunted him, and became the drive for earning a college degree. His hard work has not gone unnoticed. His paintings have been sold around the world, with a large oil painting now gracing the wall of a business office in the Netherlands.
“Both aspects of my talents involve critical thinking. I use art to get my mind off computers, and computers to get my mind off art,” commented Clifford. “They are a natural connection.”
Jesse and his wife, Jaci, are the parents of three children: two daughters, Teah and Angela, and one son, Tarryn.
Clifford can be found on the west edge of downtown Main Street, in the former flower shop, which now bears the sign he painted for West River Computers. His regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. he may be reached at 605-202-0661, until his landline phone is established.
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