La Crescenta artist Nico Photos said that if he has learned anything throughout his days as an artist, it is that persistence is key for success in his field.
“I’ve heard so many people talk about being gifted or naturally talented, but I don’t believe it,” he said. “I worked so hard to get my abilities to the level where they are.”
Photos’ talents were recognized May 15 when three paintings from 2010 earned him the internationally acclaimed L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Achievement Award at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
The Illustrators of the Future Contest began in 1988 in honor of Hubbard and is administered by Author Services Inc., the literary agency for the deceased fiction writer’s literary, theatrical and musical works. The achievement is awarded quarterly to 12 young artists.
Photos submitted paintings and drawings for the award eight times before finally hearing he won for three paintings — “Eli,” “First Lensmen” and “Oracle” — he submitted in the third quarter of 2010.