Nick Huber is glad he chose Lord Fairfax Community College’s Luray-Page County Center because it allows him to concentrate on general studies courses, while deciding to which four-year institution he will transfer. Huber was dual enrolled his senior year at Luray High School and knew that he wanted to pursue an art career.
“I wanted to have all my core classes finished because I’m not good at organizing art and other classes,” Huber said. “It’s hard to balance everything. I also think my parents wanted me close to home. I knew if I came here I’d have a better outcome than trying to juggle everything all at once.”
While in high school, Huber was active in art and design. It was there that he started his career as an illustrator by writing and publishing a book, Joe Kitty, in 2014. The children’s story was about his own cat, Joe, who didn’t have long to live. The book is written in simple rhyme, and he wrote the text before storyboarding his idea. Joe is somewhat of a comic book character in design. In his spare time, he is working on another book.
“I made the book because I knew that Joe was going to pass away,” Huber said. “My memories of him are stored within this book, and other children get to experience Joe also. There is an everlasting dimension to this for me.”
Huber also has been active in the community with mural design. Some of his designs include work at Ruffner Plaza, behind Uncle Buck’s, the Luray-Hawksbill Greenway, and the side of a building coming down Main Street. Huber likes to create and work with his hands, and is proud of the project completed in John VanWyck’s psychology class. In the class students completed volunteer projects. Huber’s project was to paint and restore the canopy structure on the Luray-Hawksbill Greenway that is located just off the Virginia Avenue entrance.
“I was greatly impressed with Nick’s final presentation,’ Said VanWyck. “Never before Nick had I ever met an artist with such quick and easy access to his or her unconscious, artistic mind. As easy as tossing a ball from one hand to the other Nick is able to move from logical to creative, conscious to unconscious thought without hesitation. Remarkable.”
After completing his associate degree at LFCC, he plans to get a four-year degree in illustration and design. He wants to work in an art business that will allow him to use his critical thinking skills. He also intends to keep writing books.
“I’m glad I chose LFCC because I know everyone,” Huber said. “This is a good, comfortable atmosphere to complete my goals. I would recommend it because coming here enables students to develop good critical thinking skills and concentrate on what is important without spending a great deal of money.”
And his favorite class of course, is art.
“Nick is a delight to have in my Drawing-I course,” said Instructor Linda Anderson. “He is full of imaginative approaches to creating artwork and is generous in sharing information about new media and drawing tools that he has discovered. I enjoy seeing his inventive approaches to drawing composition.”