Cornwall art student wins award from her home country
A Cornwall-based student has won a prestigious award from her home country in recognition of her outstanding artistic talents which are being developed as she studies in Cornwall.
Valeria Duca, a 17-year-old from Moldova, won a scholarship for a year's study at Truro School, which started this September, due to her outstanding abilities.
She has now received a Youth Award from her home county's Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The teenager, who hopes to go on to study at the Royal College of Art, said she drew a lot of inspiration from living in Cornwall
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"I am so pleased to receive this recognition as I think everyone has to follow their dreams," she said.
"Mine is to become an artist and I believe that the experience of living in Cornwall and attending Truro School will assure me conditions for further development and many opportunities. For an artist, new experiences are very important and I think Cornwall will have a big impact on my work as the landscapes here are amazing. And the sea, I love to paint the sea."
Valeria, who is a boarder at Truro School, has already held 12 personal exhibitions throughout Europe and participated in over 30 group exhibitions in across Europe.
Headmaster of Truro School, Paul Smith said he was delighted to help nurture the teenager's talents.
"We are very proud of Valeria who is an excellent role model for our students and other young people," he said.