Robert Meyers sees himself living in two distinct worlds.
One is the quiet nature of Hoosier prairie, dim forests and wide open farm fields. The other is the bustling urban environment of downtown Indianapolis.
Meyers brings both together in his most recent exhibition, “Cities & Nature,” now showing at the Southside Art League Gallery. The collection of watercolor paintings captures all that he loves about this area, from the quiet solitude of the countryside to the near chaos of downtown.
The exhibition will be on display until Jan. 31.
Meyers, an Indianapolis resident, has considered himself an artist most of his life. He was hooked the first time in that an art teacher paid attention to his work.
“When I was a younger guy, I had an art teacher in elementary school who recognized that I had a little bit of talent going there. He got me in the first chair. I was one of the few who had an interest,” he said.
After attending Ball State University, he gravitated to the graphic design field. Meyers is now a computer graphics expert with TKO Graphics in Greenfield.
But fine art will always be a true love. He is a member of a number of regional art organizations, including the Watercolor Society of Indiana, the Hoosier Salon and the Indiana Wildlife Artists.
Nature has been where Meyers is most comfortable. But for this most recent batch of paintings, he ventured into the city, scoping out interesting scenes and framing action on the streets against a backdrop of skyscrapers.
“Cities & Nature” can be viewed at the Southside Art League Gallery, 299 E. Broadway St., Greenwood. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free.
An opening reception will be conducted from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.
What is the focus of this exhibition?
I’ve got two things going down there. Half of it is nature related — I’ve always been interested in nature and science. Plus, I’ve always chased wildlife photographs with my camera. I enjoy photographing the birds and things like that. The other half are these kind of street-corner, cityscape sort of paintings, where I’ve worked in downtown Indianapolis and taken my camera to shoot photos of city. There’s a city-nature type of theme that I’m putting on there.
How do you go about creating your paintings?
Most of my work is based off of photographs. I’d chase down the photo of what I wanted. I’d compose what I wanted it to look like on the art end with my camera, and as soon as I saw what I wanted from that, I could interpret and duplicate it from the photo.
How long have you been involved with art?
I want to say most of my life. I’ve always had a good art teacher, and I’ve always tried to be right up front all through my education. Then I went to Ball State University and got involved with graphic design and sort of dabbled in fine arts too. That’s really where I got the art bug that I have now. They had a great faculty, and all of the students were just really talented.
How did your experience at Ball State influence you?
From the faculty and my fellow students at Ball State, I saw the potential of what I could do with this. I remember seeing some of the faculty’s work and thinking, “That’s what I want to do right there.” It was very inspirational and very fun to see it all there and made me want to work harder to reach that level.