“There was this shaft of light I had to capture.”
And because he did, Shaker man won award for watercolor painting of Coventry RTA station.
Published: Monday, December 16, 2010 in the Sun Press, and on January 20, 2010, on Cleveland.com By Thomas Jewell, Sun News
SHAKER HEIGHTS — A local artist with two home bases — one of them at Shaker Square — recently won prestigious awards on both fronts. Tim Myrick, who was born and raised in the Florida panhandle, then moved north to attend the Cleveland Institute of Art, has received the Ampersand Aquabord Award for his watercolor “Coventry Street Depot” in the North East Watercolor Society’s 34th Annual International Juried Exhibition 2010.
The landscape “captures the luminous early-morning light” of the Coventry Street RTA station at Shaker Boulevard and Coventry Road in the Shaker Square area of Cleveland, stated judges for the Gallery at the Kent Art Association in Kent, Conn.
Above, Tim Myrick puts the finishing touches on his Coventry Street Depot painting, in his Shaker Square studio. Photos provided by Tim Myrick
Both are an honor, but Myrick said he was excited enough to have the Coventry painting selected among thousands internationally.
He remembered the day the scene caught his eye. “We live right across the street diagonally, and we often walk our dogs in the morning,” Myrick recalled. “On this particular morning, the light was so incredible, I told the dogs we were going to have to cut the walk short so I could go home and get my camera.
“There was this shaft of light coming down the rapid right-of-way that I had to capture.”
As with many of his works, the old barn, which is barely standing, is reminiscent of Myrick’s childhood in the Florida panhandle, where, as a youngster in the 1960s and 70s, he and other members of his family often worked in the tobacco fields.
The ninth of 12 children, his family worked the tobacco farm they lived on, in Myrick’s case, starting at age 8 and continuing until he was 16.
He received several scholarships to CIA, including one his junior year through the Karamu House.
“My wife and I are both transplants who fell in love with the diversity in Cleveland and Shaker Heights, with an intellectual and creative community that is tolerant and inviting,” Myrick said. “As far as northern cities go, it is probably one of the better kept secrets.”
Their son, Alex, is a senior at Shaker Heights High School, where he’s on the golf team.
Aside from being a “Cleveland fanatic” who will not tolerate disparaging comments about the city, Myrick describes himself as a story-teller, marrying visual art and prose to create an image that connects with the viewer and reader.
“Through my short stories, I try to give the viewers a sort of ’fourth’ dimension into my work for some ’emotional ownership,’” Myrick said.
The prize-winning watercolor. Photo of painting provided by the artist Tim Myrick.
“I write stories to impart the compelling reason why I painted the subject, to invite the viewer into the painting — to step in and become a part of the piece,“ he added.
His watercolors are primarily realistic — both landscapes and figurative. His has been described as a unique blend of talent and skill — employing masterful techniques, including dry-brush, to create watercolors with unusual depth and detail.
Myrick was born and raised in Quincy, Fla., and graduated from CIA in 1981. While he resides and works primarily in the Shaker Square area of Cleveland, he considers both the Tallahassee and northeast Ohio regions to be his twin ’home-towns’. He is as proud of and loyal to the Cleveland area and the Cleveland Browns, as he is of his Southern heritage, saying “Southern is a state of mind.”
As for adjusting to the weather, Myrick said “it’s always an adjustment — every year. But there’s a lot of good that completely overshadows the bad weather.”
His original work and signed prints are available through the online gallery HowSweetTheSouth.com.
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Reprinted by permission of Sun News, December 2010. All content protected by copyright. All rights reserved.