Meet Nimue, Spreading Awareness Through Art
Every year, students explore their hobbies and interests through Florida Virtual School (FLVS) courses, clubs, and activities. This year, FLVS Flex student artist Nimue took 5th grade Art to develop her techniques and learn about various art forms and styles, but this was not the start of her journey. Nimue began painting when she was just 4 years old! In fact, many of her family members are artists as well.
When Nimue was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a connective tissue disorder, her family introduced her to painting to help improve her focus and mental health.
Art quickly turned into a passion that Nimue could share with her family, painting with her grandma and learning about art forms like drawing and sculpting from her mother. This is where she says she finds inspiration for her work, creating painting of landscapes, flowers, and birds.
In 2017, she had the opportunity to participate in an art exhibit in Washington DC, featuring artists with rare diseases. Not only did Nimue get to showcase her work at the exhibit, she also “learned about the different reasons why people like their art.”
Now Nimue is painting to raise awareness for EDS, which her brother and mother also have. She explains that “Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome symptoms are different for everyone. My family and I have joint dislocations, joint pain, easy skin tearing, easy bruising, etc. We aren’t sure what is causing what because all three of us have different secondary issues too.”
In the future, Nimue wants to continue advocating for EDS awareness and working on her art. She hopes to spread awareness and encourage others to get involved, adding that people can learn more about EDS through online organizations, social media groups, and charity events.
Nimue shared that FLVS allows her to “go at my own pace, which gives me time for my art. I get to learn more things about myself and what I like to do.” She sent a special shout out to 5th grade teachers, Mrs. Tucciarelli and Mrs. Marvin, for being supportive and kind throughout the year!
Fun Facts about Nimue
You learn more about Nimue and see more of her art on her website or on social media, @artbynimue.
Favorite Subjects: Math, Art, & Science
Hobbies: Draw, Paint, Play Video Games, & Listen to Music
Quote: “The waves will be strong, but you have to be stronger.” -Nimue Fong Yee
Post by Elizabeth Jones, FLVS Social Media Team
Nimue is so awesome! I love her artwork and admire her ability you keep pushing forward no matter what!
Thank you so much Athena Brown!
Nimue you are awesome and you are an amazing artist it is awesome how you handle EDS!
Thank you Brooklynn Tarnasky!
Nimue I admire all of your beautiful artwork. Such a sweet young lady. Don’t give up on such amazing talent it’s truly one of a kind.
You have beautiful artwork Nimue! What you are doing is absolutely amazing!
I cant make what you make, my masterpieces are stick figures. LOL
I love your artwork Nimue! Keep up the good work 🙂
Nimue, I’m so proud of you! Keep up the good work. Your art work is amazing. Keep being an inspiration to others!
Nimue is a Beautiful and brilliant young lady, with enormous potential to influence the young art community. I am very proud to have been given the chance to have her in my life.
oh my goodness! these are amazing! i wish i could share my art as well! i do food art, paint art, and so much more! but i love your work too Nimue!
Nimue, you are an inspiration. Whether we are dealing with physical challenges or just the challenge of pandemic caused confinement, creativity is boundless. While your talent is outstanding and unique, you have shown that if we nurture the talents each of us have, we can achieve much.
i really like ur art two i hope u become a arttis
Love* sorry 🙂
Wow! Amazing!! I and my family really live your work. We are very inspired and that’s why we do family challenges with art now. Thank you!!
Your artwork is really nice i like the Lilly pads you made and i think that’s the only artwork i see.
I also like the photos.
You and your artwork are pretty.
Your artwork is beautiful Nimue! Keep going! 😊
Yes! Keep going girl!