Witty, loquacious and studious are just a few qualities that describe Junior Vincent Nguyen. However, most people know Nguyen for his artistic skill, even though he only really got serious about it in his freshman year. But he’s been an avid doodler long before then.
“You always have a pencil with you, because … it’s just a regular writing utensil you always have so because of that I was just able to draw whatever I wanted,” Nguyen said.
The sketching he did in his early life helped him hone his skills, and pencil is still his favorite medium. However, he’s eager to expand his artist horizons. Recently Nguyen started working with colored pencil, and he said he’s quite proud of the piece he’s made.
“Getting serious with colored pencil allowed me to … experiment with a lot of differnt things that I haven’t been able to do thus far”
Another one of Nguyen recent drawings, ‘Man vs. Wild’, got an honorable mention in the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing competition. Despite this award, he’s not satisfied with his work.
“I wish I turned in more adequate work, because I feel like this year I didn’t turn in a lot of very high quality pieces,” Nguyen said.
Nguyen hopes to continue doing art in the future, and is considering double majoring in art and anthropology or therapy, due to his interest in how cultures and people react to things.
“I always found it really interesting to … draw different parallels from the different cultures, and I travel a lot too, so I use like my background my knowlege to see how different cultures are from mine, my original one, and … America’s,” Nguyen said.
Nguyen spent his early life in Vietnam, and most of his family continues to live there. He’s spent most of his life in America, but he went to an international Vietnamese private school in third grade.
“My English was at a higher level than other people since I had come from America. I had to skip a couple grades … so actually I went to 5th grade English while I went to third grade Vietnamese,” Nguyen said.
Nguyen is currently taking 5 APs, volunteers in LVSI, plays 3 different sports and is a member of Purcellville library’s Teen Leadership Committee, which makes for a very busy schedule.
“I like challenging myself, to a certain extent,” Nguyen said.
Nguyen’s diligence is best displayed in his devotion to art.
“I’m a perfectionist when it comes to art,” Nguyen said. “I’ll occasionally turn in a work late, but I’d rather have it late than have it not up to my expectations.”
Photos taken by Madison Stiles