HARTSVILLE, S.C. – South Carolina native and internationally acclaimed painter Jonathan Green brought wisdom and charisma to Hartsville High School (HHS) students recently, discussing his artwork and inspirations.
Green visited Hartsville to give a lecture, “The Use of Fine Art in Capturing the Positive Aspects of American and African American Southern Culture, History, and Traditions,” at the Butler Community Center. Earlier in the day, he stopped by HHS art teacher Jennifer Pietrzak’s classroom.
Green responded to students’ questions about his use of vibrant colors, Southern scenes and African American culture. He discussed how he grew up in a Lowcountry farming family before developing an interest in art and attending the Art Institute of Chicago.
He explained to students that a determined work ethic enabled him to turn painting into a career.
Asked about advice for aspiring artists, Green responded, “Work, work, work. Keep the mind busy. Find something you want to do, work at it, and you will be able to apply that in later life.”
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