Young artist’s portrait session in aid of charity

A work by St Andrews student Valeria Duca, who raises money for charity by holding portrait sessions.
A work by St Andrews student Valeria Duca, who raises money for charity by holding portrait sessions.

A young artist is again putting her skills to work to raise money for charity.

Valeria Duca (20) is inviting people to pay to have their portrait painted in exchange for a donation, which will go Fife Women’s Aid.

Student and artist Valeria Duca.

Student and artist Valeria Duca.

At a similar event in October she raised more than £160 for Refugee Action St Andrews.

This Saturday she will have her sketchpad poised in the Fraser Gallery, South Street, St Andrews.

Speaking of the previous marathon portrait session, Valeria said: “It was very difficult to draw continuously with almost no breaks but at the same time I felt like I was creating and receiving positive emotions every time I revealed the finished portrait to the person posing.”

Valeria, currently studying Art History at St Andrews University, has exhibited widerly in her native Moldova and internationally, including, in 2011, being the youngest artist to show at at the Venice Biennale.

Fife Women’s Aid aims to protect women and children from domestic abuse. It is supported by The Lumsden Club, an all-female charity group founded in 2001, that strives to support women and children locally and abroad, of which Valeria is a member.

Find out more about Valeria at Valeria’s Facebook page and Valeria’s website.

For more about events at the Fraser Gallery see Fraser Gallery website.