by Darcy Force
|Nathan Greene addresses the audience at the unveiling of his painting “Living Waters.” Photo by Darcy Force
Southwestern Adventist University proudly announces the unveiling of Nathan Greene’s painting “Living Waters,” now hanging in the lobby of Pechero Hall. The Ardmore Institute of Health, based in Oklahoma, generously granted a 10-year loan of the painting to the University. Nathan Greene attended the unveiling with the original sponsors, Carroll and Jo Dee Shoffner, and the Ardmore Institute of Health President and CEO Kevin Brown. The painting will be hung in the new nursing and administration building once the new building is built.
Nathan Greene is a contemporary painter well known across the globe for both his secular and inspirational illustrations. He started his career as an illustrator for publications such as McGee and Me (Focus on the Family) and Ranger Rick, producing 50-60 illustration commissions a year. As Greene started taking on larger commissioned projects he had the opportunity to work with entities such as NASA, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Versacare Corporation, Hart Classic Editions, and hospitals around the globe. Some of his most well known works include Lamb of God, The Carpenter, and Chief of the Medical Staff. More of his works can be found at nathangreene.com.
While on campus, Nathan Greene also took the time to share several presentations with both Southwestern Adventist University art students and with the guests who attended the unveiling. Mr. Greene shared his inspirations, his focus to share Jesus and spiritual themes in both modern and historical settings, and his early friendship with mentor and famous artist Harry Anderson. He also shared the steps required to create his larger works, stating that it usually takes a continuous 20-hour session to lay the groundwork.
The painting represents the healing, life-giving “water” Jesus Christ offers us as He seeks to provide us with the tools for spiritual, mental, and physical health. This is the perfect theme to grace the halls of Southwestern Adventist University’s new building, a building that will be dedicated to training Christian nurses.
The public is very welcome to visit the campus to view the painting in its current home in the lobby of Pechero Hall. Click here for more information about the new nursing building, or call Rachel Denny at 817-202-6233.
Southwestern Adventist University has offered Christian education since 1893. A liberal-arts university, the beautiful campus is located in Keene, Texas, about 20 minutes south of Fort Worth. Southwestern offers personable professors, 58 majors including business, nursing, and education, two masters programs, and many ways for students to get involved both on campus and abroad. With a student body that includes 15% international students from 32 countries and an average student/teacher ratio of 12:1, Southwestern offers a uniquely diverse and personal college experience.