About Donny Schulz
At the age of 17 I was involved in a car accident which left me unable to move my body from my chest down and with limited mobility in my arms.
Although I’ve been drawing since I was a kid, it is only since I was confined to my bed for months at a time that I have taught myself to draw by using my mouth. Perhaps my art wouldn’t have become such a passion without having to recover from that accident.
My drawings are a reflection of my very own Donny Universe. I feel constantly inspired by the details which I think most people don’t notice, like a crack in a wall or the angle of a branch on a tree. My work is highly symbolic, the result of a very active imagination.
How I became an artist
Before my accident I was very focused on sport and aspired to become a professional footballer. In hindsight I think this was a distraction from my true destiny.
I started drawing when I was just a kid and I kept learning more and more as the years went on. But somehow I didn’t think I could make a career out of art. It wasn’t that I didn’t love drawing itself, but my passion for sport as I went through high school distracted me from my art.
Then after my injury happened I tried my hardest to pass time by drawing with my mouth. It felt pretty hopeless at the time, so I put my drawing stuff away.
Over a year after having this injury I developed a pressure sore on my left butt cheek. After trying desperately to heal myself for a long period of time I ended up in hospital to have the sore operated on.
It was while I was in hospital for nine weeks I learnt to draw with my mouth, this time for real. I really had nothing else to do throughout my day. It really helped that I received the right type of mobile drawing board which could be arranged in just the right way way.
Altogether I was in bed for half a year. Some would say that would have been hell and I am not going to say it wasn’t. In the larger picture though, it brought a disguised blessing at that time, the ability to draw successfully. It took some getting used to but once I found my rhythm it started to feel like a return to my calling.