Sophomore finds art success after leaving South Africa

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LRHS sophomore Nina McHardy’s art reflects her heritage.

Tanna Cochrane– Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS sophomore Nina McHardy has many achievements since she and her family moved here from South Africa last year.

When McHardy moved, she brought with her a passion for art.

McHardy is proud to say she has been pursuing art for around five years. She first started after her art teacher in South Africa encouraged her to draw more.

“My sixth-grade art teacher encouraged me to take extra art lessons to improve my techniques and to get me more experienced,” said McHardy.

Although McHardy does enjoy painting, her primary medium is graphite pencils.

When McHardy enrolled at LRHS, she was excited to be able to continue learning art and has found that throughout her years of taking art classes, her biggest inspirations are her teachers.

“They would give me deadlines for my work, and it would push me to keep working,” she said.

At the Ranch, McHardy has learned new techniques when sketching and effective ways to portray images in her artwork.

One of her greatest achievements so far is having her artwork displayed in the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Mc Hardy was given this opportunity after her teacher assigned a project to the class and loved her work.

McHardy said, “I am proud to have my work featured in the airport and it feels like a big step in my art career.”

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