Student Artist in the Spotlight: Robert Beierly

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2008

Age: 19.

Grade: 12th.

School: Yaakoosgé Daakíhidi Alternative High School.

Art of choice: Drawing and painting.

Reason: "I like art because it helps me express my feelings and get out anything that may be bothering me."

Experience: He said he has been an artist his whole life.

Reflection: "My painting (shown above) is about more than one thing. Problems with drugs and Alaska in general are what I wanted to portray in the painting. I believe there needs to be a change in Alaskans as a whole. Drugs and many other things plaguing Alaska need to change immediately."

Favorites: "Poetry and landscapes seem to catch my eye the most, but I have since become interested in watercolor."

Future plans: "College basics first and maybe some basketball."

Activites: "Basketball, reading and stopping and working out."

Wacky art: Wacky artists could "work with something they hate and keep going until they just can't look at it anymore."

You should know: "I am undefeated in one-on-one basketball against myself - boo-ya, who's the champ?"

His art teacher, Miah Lager, says: "Robert goes beyond participating in class and staying on task. He allows himself to become invested in his artwork. He is a thoughtful student who makes critical connections between his life and his art. The results are unique and thought-provoking. Robert contributes to the class with insightful comments and keeps the classroom in good spirits with his colorful wit."

• Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program. To have your student art included, contact your school office.

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