degree painted with broad strokes
Heard's self-portrait of himself as a boy.
By Charlotte Crystal
decisions about their majors sometimes occur by process of elimination.
Charles Erwin Heard, for example, dabbled in a number of studies
at U.Va. before selecting his desired subject.
as a place kicker for the football team, Heard entered U.Va. as
a pre-med major. By the end of his first year, he realized he
didn't want to pursue either career.
His second year, he enrolled in economics
and loved Professor Elzinga's classes. That ended up being his
major, but still he sought a more creative outlet.
third and fourth years, he took a number of art
courses and spent a lot of time painting, especially oils and
acrylics. (One of his works will be featured on the back cover
of the December issue of the Virginia Literary Review.)
summer, Heard tested his talents in the real world, working for
an architecture firm where he did graphic design and for an advertising
agency in Orlando. He loved both internships. The Florida native
also likes music and currently plays banjo, guitar and electric
bass with the Wrinkle Neck Mules, a local bluegrass band made
up mostly of U.Va. students.
weekend, Heard will receive his bachelor's degree in economics,
with a minor in art. He plans to pursue his M.F.A. starting this
fall at the University of Central Florida, after which he hopes
to paint professionally. He wants to capture his home state on
canvas -- the people, the animals, the landscape, the Everglades
and Miamišs high-life.