It has long been observed that talent is an all too common commodity, and that talent alone can almost never lead to success. In fact, undisciplined or misdirected talent can dry up like a shallow puddle on a hot day. Creative people need guidance to steer them through the thickets in developing their respective artistic professions, all of which seemingly have a thousand pitfalls. Emerging creative types also benefit from templates— role models who’ve blazed the paths they seek to walk. Unless you’re an outsider artist, or are entirely self-motivated and have little regard for the greater art world, you need a mentor.

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American Legacy Fine Arts presents Nikita Budkov in California Art Club Newsletter, Fall 2018.