2013 MSAA Art Showcase Entrants
Nick Kostiv – Loveland, CO
For the past 17 years some form of art has been a constant in my life. I was fortunate to go to college to study art and earn a degree in graphic design. I work in the field color correcting client’s advertisements for a print shop while constantly thinking of my own art. With thoughts of my personal work in progress or the work of artists that I admire, I find my release. Art for me is pure enjoyment.
When I was first diagnosed with MS, two years ago, my biggest fear was that my perspective on art would change. I was worried that I would be unable to devout much of my limited time and energy to developing myself as an artist. I soon realized that the nature and treatment of this disease are completely unpredictable. Some days I was on top of the world and felt I could conquer anything. While most days, I felt I couldn’t even muster enough strength to hold a pencil. After a change in treatment, I started to feel more myself and art began to be a constant again. I began to put more emotion into my work and found that enjoyment in art that I had lost.
Although my perspective has changed, I’ve realized the pure joy of producing my own art. This disease has taught me that it is unpredictable and controlling, but something it will never control will be my art.
Into the Dark