L.A. Meyer Biography

I was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1942 and spent the next thirteen years as an Army brat, living in Germany and up and down the east coast of the U.S. I liked being an Army kid, despite all the constant moving - my mother informs me we moved twenty six times, and I know I went to twelve different schools before I got out of high school. There was always a lot of great boy stuff to do on Army bases and there was a real camaraderie among the kids - you made friends fast and you saw them go just as quick.

After my father retired, I went to high school in Conemaugh, Pennsylvania, and Fort Myers, Florida, and college at the University of Florida in Gainesville. While at college I met my future wife, Annetje Lawrence. Upon graduation with a degree in English Lit, I bid the aforementioned Ms Lawrence goodbye forever and put in a summer as a floor sweeper in Chicago and then hitchhiked around Mexico and the southern U.S. Being imminently draftable and it being in the Viet Nam war era, and my not wanting to have my throat cut in some hot and bug infested foxhole, I joined the Navy and four months later I was a spanking new officer in the U.S. Navy, assigned to the the Mediterranean Fleet. The closest I got to combat was in various bars in Italy, France, Spain, and Malta. During this time I also renewed acquaintance with the inestimable Miss Annetje Lawrence, and in 1966, during one of my few times in port, we were married.

After my release from the service, we did our year in New York City where I worked as a social worker and took graduate art courses at Columbia University. We then relocated to Scituate, Massachusetts, and I enrolled in Boston University's Master of Fine Arts program, receiving my MFA in Painting in '73. While at B.U. I published two children's picture books with Little, Brown, and Company. I taught high school art for seven years at Rockland High School in Rockland, Massachusetts, and we had two sons, Matthew and Nathaniel, who are both now painters and teachers. Annetje and I left teaching in 1981 to set up a silk screen printing and design shop on Fort Myers Beach, Florida, and while there we lived on a forty-foot houseboat moored in Matanzas Pass. We soon had retail shops both on Fort Myers Beach and in Bar Harbor, Maine. (We had purchased land on the Downeast coast of Maine in 1971, built a house and have summered there ever since.)

In 1998 we closed up the Florida operation and moved to Maine full time. We live in the small fishing village of Corea.