UPPER Hunter artist and Archibald Prize finalist David Darcy generously took the time to share his thoughts, both on art and working as an artist, with classes at Scone High School.
Mr Darcy brought along some of his artwork and reminded students that he believes no one is more talented than anyone else, but that passion, determination, the willingness to learn and taking criticism is the key.
The Murrurundi-based artist encouraged pupils to seek out the learning opportunities around them.
Remarkably, he taught himself to paint in just 12-to-18 months from YouTube clips, having spent the majority of his professional creative career as a photographer.
Mr Darcy went on to remind the youngsters that the passion in wanting to do something is more important than the money you may - or may not - make.
Year 8 student Gabriel Sharp said he learnt a great deal from the presentations.
"It was very informative, especially learning about what and who inspired David as an artist, as well as his explanation of the steps involved in his portraits," he explained.
Scone High School HSC visual arts teacher Crystal Davis thanked Mr Darcy for inspiring the pupils.
"Opportunities like these are invaluable," she said.
"As talking to artists, such as David Darcy, dares students to think about their own art work and the real life potential of taking it to a higher level of skill and wider audience."