Guy Harvey Mentors Ernest Ward Student, Aspiring Marine Artist

July 17, 2017

Nolin Godwin, an incoming sixth grader at Ernest Ward Middle School, recently spent time painting a mural at Sea World in Orlando with world renowned conservationist and artist Guy Harvey

Nolin, now 12, has been obsessed with the ocean, sharks and saving the environment since he was about two years old. The aspiring artist started drawing sharks at a very young ago. Four years ago, the Godwin family vacationed on Grand Cayman, the largest of the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean.

Harvey has a home and an art gallery on Grand Cayman. Nolin met Harvey and showed him some of his paintings. Harvey invited Nolan to draw with him in his gallery, inspiring Nolan to continue his love for the ocean, drawing and learning to paint. The family has continued yearly summer vacations back to Grand Cayman to see Harvey. They spend two to three weeks at a time to allow Nolin time in Harvey’s gallery.

He has also participated directly with Harvey multiple years in a Sting Ray City project, tagging and researching the ocean creatures.

When Nolin broke his arm at age 8, his Aunt Ruth Harrell bought him paint and canvases. Nolin sold his paintings, raising enough to donate $1,000 of  to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. With the money, Harvey tagged a Mako shark and named it Nolin.

Nolin was invited recently to help Harvey with the mako shark mural at Sea Wold. Nolin signed the painting, with Harvey signing below wince he helped with touch-ups.

Nolin is the son of Gordon and JoLynn Godwin.

For more photos of Nolin and Guy Harvey painting, click here for a gallery.

Pictured: Guy Harvey paints with Nolin Godwin, incoming Ernest Ward sixth grade student. Photos for, click to enlarge.


14 Responses to “Guy Harvey Mentors Ernest Ward Student, Aspiring Marine Artist”

  1. js on July 18th, 2017 1:54 pm

    great story. All the best to this young man. Keep up the good work. Follow your dreams.

  2. Gary on July 18th, 2017 10:31 am

    Very impressive. Great work Nolan.

  3. ThePreachersWife on July 17th, 2017 9:15 pm

    Byrneville Elementary is also very proud of Nolin. We sure will miss you. Keep up the good work. We look forward to seeing you continue to grow.

  4. Jakyia on July 17th, 2017 4:27 pm

    Nolin great job on your work see you in middle school

  5. Linda Godwin on July 17th, 2017 1:05 pm

    We are so proud of Nolin. We are also thankful to Guy Harvey for the opportunities and inspiration he has provided for Nolin.Thank you No.Esc.Com for the excellent article and pictures.

  6. Ruth Harrell on July 17th, 2017 12:37 pm

    It has been my pleasure to watch Nolin as his talent for art has developed over the past 10 years. He has been blessed to be invited to spend time with Dr. Harvey in many different venues and has progressed to an advanced level of art. We are all quite humbled for him to be honored as he has to spend time with Dr. Harvey in the Cayman Islands as well as here in our own country.
    Thank you Dr. Harvey . We appreciate your mentoring Nolin.
    Nolin’s Aunt Ruth Harrell

  7. Martha Harper Day on July 17th, 2017 11:04 am

    I am so proud of our local artist, Nolin Godwin! On his first trip to meet Mr. Harvey I was so impressed with Nolin’s ability to be comfortable in the company of someone as famous (and someone Nolin looked up to) artist. Keep up the good work and I can’t wait to go to Orlando and show all my family and friends the mural with your name on it and say,” I know this young man’s grandmother and knew his great grandmother.”

  8. No Excuses on July 17th, 2017 10:31 am

    Awesome story! Congratulations, young man!

  9. EMD on July 17th, 2017 8:26 am

    Wow! Congratulations. My great grandson loves sharks. His mom is an artist. I am sharing this article with her. Hope she will share this with him for inspiration, in case he has her artist genes.

  10. Coach Robbie on July 17th, 2017 8:12 am

    Congratulations Nolin, that is awesome!
    You are a talented young man!

  11. BRYON COX on July 17th, 2017 8:03 am

    Congratulations Nolin and to Guy for being a mentor and
    And inspiration to this young man and allowing him to help
    with the Sea World project.

  12. Jcellops on July 17th, 2017 7:36 am

    Love this story…true passion discovered at an early age! Good job from parents in nurturing and supporting their son’s interests!

  13. Willene Bryan on July 17th, 2017 7:01 am

    Great story, congratulations Nolin.

  14. WHISPERJET on July 17th, 2017 6:42 am

    ..what a great storey..and such talent for a young guy..keep up the good work…maybe you can paint a shark on one of my t-shirts…

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