LSS Participant Donny Schulz is back drawing again, and it’s proving to be a win-win.
Donny Schulz is no ordinary artist.
At just five years old, Donny Schulz was passionate about art. He was inspired to draw by a family friend, also an artist, who encouraged him to explore his talent.
Donny had the ability to match his interest and he continued to study art through high school until Year 11. Drawing was a hobby but like most teenage boys, Donny decided to pursue football instead.
After a serious car accident at 17 years old, Donny’s life changed dramatically. He sustained a spinal cord injury which left him a tetraplegic and was unable to walk or use his hands.
Despite his tragic accident and the long journey to recovery, a significant period in hospital prompted Donny to start teaching himself to draw with his mouth. Equipped with motivation and a mobile drawing board that could be rearranged to suit his needs, Donny’s talent blossomed. The rest, as they say, is history.
“In total I was in bed for half a year; some would say that would have been hell and I am not going to say it wasn’t,” he says.
“In the larger picture, though, it brought a disguised blessing at that time. The ability to draw successfully. It took some getting used to but once I found my rhythm it started to feel like this was my calling.”
For a taste of Donny’s unique art, visit www.donnyschulzart.com or the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) from 3 April where his artwork will be on display at the Centre of Creative Health (CCH), Level 3 Concourse at the Royal Adelaide Hospital until 14 May.