A childhood nightmare led to a dream come true for Grandview Heights High School senior Allie Meyers.
Her digital art illustration, "Mud Monsters," has been honored at the regional, state and national level.
Earlier this month, Meyers learned she had earned a national gold medal for "Mud Monsters," as well as silver medals for her art portfolio and her piece "Robot on the Subway," in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition.
She will attend the national awards ceremony at the end of May at Carnegie Hall in New York, where her work will be displayed with other national winners.
"I didn't think my illustration had a chance to win at the national level, so I told myself, 'Prepare yourself for disappointment,' " Meyers said. "But when I checked Facebook and saw my name as a national winner, I screamed to my parents. I couldn't believe it. I didn't think 'Mud Monsters' would fare too well against more finished art pieces. It's such a great honor."
"Mud Monsters" was inspired by a nightmare Meyers had as a girl.
"I dreamed I was running and got stuck in some mud and these monsters started coming after me," Meyers said. "It was a scary dream."
Her illustration depicts two youngsters at Halloween fleeing from creatures made of mud.
It took her a long time to get the look of the monsters just right, Meyers said.
"I decided I didn't want to finish it, so I put it aside," she said. "I finally picked up back up again and I'm glad that I did."
The piece won a Gold Key award at the regional art and writing competition, where Meyers also picked up two more Gold Keys, a Silver Key and an honorable mention for her work.
"Mud Monsters" also is one of 300 pieces selected from 12,000 submissions for this year's Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition.
The exhibition opens at 2 p.m. April 14 at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower, 30 E. Broad St. The exhibition will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, April 15 through May 16, at the Rhodes Tower.
Illustration is her favorite mode of art, Meyers said.
"I enjoy illustrations because I can make something completely out of my head and my imagination," she said. "I like sitting down and trying to work out the idea I have in my head."