” Born some 28 years ago with a great passion, rather than talent for art. But becoming acquainted from the age of 10 with the work of artists such as Boris Vallejo and Luis Royo got me obsessed with figurative art.
I’ve spent lots of time copying their work to study how they achieved such a mastery rather than being a good student at class. Which left me being no good at math or any of the sciences.
While other kids were participating in class I was secretly drawing in my notepad, while they were doing their homework I was painting. So it became obvious to me I had no academic strength and the only path I can travel is in the pursuit of bettering the only skill I’ve developed this far even though it made no economic sense at the time. And trust me, being a second child of a single mum, never knowing my dad and tasting poverty, even at such young age I was considering economics.
Nevertheless I entered the National High School for fine arts which was an awesome learning experience, even though I still had poor grades at everything, but the art classes. Becoming better at painting and the necessity of a regular teen having no money for new clothes and stuff made me start working part time as an artist, doing commissions and what not at the age of 14-15. This was even more educational than my education itself as it thought me to work with customers and actually selling art which is just as important as making it if you don’t want to join the group of the ”starving artists”. – Donka Nucheva – ELLECTRA