Young artist Jack Nicholls is optimistic he can turn his passion for drawing into a career.
The 17-year-old year 12 Xavier College student, is currently holding his first public exhibition of his collection of drawings, at the local LEO Gallery located within Tony Piccolo's Electorate Office.
Jack started drawing when he was in year 8, when he began to download photos from the internet and hand copy them.
Jack shared how he began with lead pencil drawings and as he gained confidence and his parents brought him better quality waxed pencils, he started to produce more detailed pieces.
"Better quality pencils enabled me to draw more realistic pictures and add more colour to them," Jack explained.
"I can spend anything from three or four hours and up to 100 hours on a drawing depending on how intricate and detailed the original work is.
"I like to add vibrant colours to my work where possible."
Jack hopes to attend university or the Adelaide School of Art to develop his skills to enable him to become a professional artist.
"It would be great if I could make a living from my art, as I love doing it."
Light MP Tony Piccolo said Jack is a very impressive young man who has shown a great deal of self-discipline to develop his drawing skills.
"He is self-taught, which just demonstrates how committed he is to work," Mr Piccolo said.
"One of his works on exhibition took 100 hours to complete which is a huge effort for a young man of his age."
"His teachers at Xavier College have certainly nurtured this young talent."
The exhibition, to be officially launched on Thursday evening by well known aboriginal artist Scott Rathman, runs until Friday, September 6, and can be viewed by the general public everyday Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
On the evening, the LEO Gallery will also be officially opened by Gawler Mayor Karen Redman.
The 'people's choice' winners from two earlier exhibitions will also be announced.
Mr Piccolo said the purpose of the LEO Gallery is to give young people in the community an opportunity to exhibit their art works to the general community.
"Often student artworks are not seen beyond the school gate, and the LEO gallery will hopefully change that," he said.
"The LEO Gallery is a partnership between his office, the Gawler Community Gallery and participating local Colleges."