Renowned artist Nathan Greene visited Southern Adventist University on January 19 to speak at a convocation for the School of Visual Art and Design. Greene spoke to the audience of his journey to become an artist and the importance of following creative dreams.
Throughout his presentation, Greene showed several paintings he had done for NASA and described the thought process behind turning from commercial illustrations to inspirational paintings, the style for which he is most known. Greene also brought his paints with him and set up an oil painting demonstration that same evening. Students were able to see Greene at work and ask the artist questions. The following morning, Greene set up another demonstration, this time using watercolors.
Students interested in the painting were able to watch Greene at work and learn a lot over the two days. A few students even brought along their portfolios to the demonstrations to have Greene look over and critique. Eric Edgerton, senior biology major, attended the watercolor workshop and was able to meet and speak with Greene.
“Having someone who knows all the answers to your questions is invaluable,” Eric said. “I’m even getting my portfolio critiqued. I’m just in awe; really star struck.”
For more information, visit the blog of Ed Guthero, associate professor at the School of Visual Art and Design, to see a video of his interview with Greene.