Ouray Meyers (maned after the great Ute Indian chief Ouray, meaning 'pure heart') was born in Taos and has lived here all of his life. His father Ralph Meyers was an artist who died when Ouray was only seven. At the age of 27, his older sister Nina gave him Ralph's old art supplies and from that moment on Ouray began painting in earnest.
Choosing to become an artist and finding success as one are two very different things, however. Meyers can remember times when he considered giving up his pursuit of an art career - resigning from the artist's life before really getting started - and even telling himself he just didn't have what it ook. But through trial and error, studying the works of the masters and stubborn perseverence he taught himself how to paint. After all, it was in his blood.
Ralph Meyers had come to Taos from Colorado in 1903, at the age of 18, to pursue his own career as an artist. During his time here the elder Meyers became one of the first white men trusted by the Indians at Taos Pueblo. He is considered to be one of the Taos Founders, and was friends with many of those early-arriving artists, including Jospeh Sharp, Buck Denton, Leon Gaspard, Nicolai Fechin and later Dorothy Brett, Frank waters and Georgia O'Keeffe.
Ouray had grown up among these legends. He overheard their conversations when they met at his father's home, and even accompanied him when he drove O'Keeffe around on Sundays. As young as he was back then, he still can recall Mabel Dodge Lujan engaged in spirited discussions with other local residents of the time about how to maintain the growing reputation and popularity of Taos culture, and the art colony. He remembers a story about how eccentric Mabel Travis left a town council meeting that had moved in favor of something she was against and rode around the Plaza on her horse, firing her six-shooter into the air in protest.
This is Ouray Meyers' background, his muse, and why he strives to make each painting the best outward expression of his inner vision he can. The passion and rigor he brings to his art is the essence of who he is as an artist. He holds himself to the highest standards because that is how he was nurtured, and what he continues to contribute to the ongoing Taos art legacy.