My Name is Nick Ely-Myers. I am in sixth grade and I love the arts. From the time I was 6 months old until I was three, I spent every Thursday and Friday with my paternal grandparents. Thursday night was my grandfather’s quartet or trios night. I would sit in my bouncy chair in the living room and listen to my grandparents, Stan and Hanni Myers, and their friends play. Their classical jam sessions consisted of my grandfather on violin, my grandmother at her grand piano and one or two friends on bass cello.
Both of my grandparents are very artistic. My grandfather, who passed away a couple of years ago, attended Harvard University for undergraduate and graduate school and was an acclaimed architect in Chestnut Hill. He was also an amazing violin player. My grandmother attended Radcliffe and The New England Conservatory. She used to produce operas and some of my favorite memories are playing dress-up with all the old costumes. My grandmother is pretty amazing, she will be 84 this year and she still teaches at Boston College. She teaches voice and also German. She is an avid outdoorsperson and climbed to the base camp of Mt. Everest last year. My earliest memories are spending time with them, listening to them play music and creating art. From the time I could hold a crayon in my hand, my grandfather began to teach me about art. Every Friday morning he gave me drawing lessons at his drafting table in his home office.
I began my art career when I was in kindergarten. I was walking upstairs to attend an art class, which was being held at my local town hall, I saw a print of Van Gough’s Starry Night hanging on the wall. When I got into class I drew Starry Night. After class the teacher pulled my mom to the side and told her, “Your son is extremely gifted what are your plans for him?” My mom responded with a smile, “Well he’s five, I thought I’d let him finish kindergarten first.”
I have been fortunate to have wonderful mentors, first my grandparents and in school I had an art teacher (kindergarten – 5th grade) who has had a big impact on my art her name is Mrs. Levy. When I was in 5th grade Mrs. Levy encouraged my mother to find another mentor for me as I had gone beyond what she could teach me as part of the school curriculum. She wanted me to be exposed to as much as possible and by different teachers. I brought my portfolio and interviewed with several of the teachers from Acton Art where I was accepted into the basic drawing program. After each class I show my work to Mrs. Levy and she provides me with feedback so that I can continue to improve my work. Although I no longer have Mrs. Levy as an art teacher in school, she remains one of my favorite mentors and I value and appreciate her wonderful feedback as I grow as an artist.
Mrs. Levy recently challenged me to put my work out there for others to enjoy by creating a blog. At first I was reluctant as sharing my work in such a public way did not seem comfortable to me. My art is very personal, but I realized in order to grow as an artist I have to be willing to take risks. I draw from my heart and soul. I prefer realistic and once and a while abstract (depending on my mood). I love to express myself and recently I began a Self Expression Series, which I will be including on my blog eventually. I have become excited about starting this blog. I’m not sure how often I will have time to update it but my goal is to add something new each week. I look forward to hearing from viewers and enjoy getting feedback on my work. Thank you for taking an interest in my art.