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Former president Jimmy Carter's love for painting is winning hearts on the internet

One of his artworks, 'Monarchs and Milkweed,' was sold for over $500,000 during a fundraiser event for the Carter Center.

Former president Jimmy Carter's love for painting is winning hearts on the internet
Image Source: (L) Getty Images/Jessica McGowan ; (R) Instagram/Jimmy Carter NHP

Jimmy Carter, known for his presidency in the United States, is also recognized as a skilled painter. Recently, his official Instagram account shared a glimpse of one of his artworks that fetched more than half a million dollars in sales. Carter's Instagram account shared a comparison between a photograph of a Belted Kingfisher, a bird commonly found near water bodies, and a painting of a female version of the same bird, which was beautifully rendered by him. The caption of the Instagram post reads, "Jimmy Carter has created many paintings often focused on nature and his surroundings. Here's an example of his amazing skill."

Image Source: Getty Images/Fox Photos
Image Source: Getty Images/Fox Photos

 

"We love that he includes details like the messiness of the Kingfisher feathers on the head, as well as the caught fish," the caption added. Fans expressed their admiration for the former US president in the comment section, and one individual, @pattydixon_, said, "That’s beautiful. Honestly, I had no idea he painted too. I need to do more with my life! Respect." Another person, @dherrmom, commented, "Amazing! Did not know he painted."



 

The 2022 edition of the Carter Center Weekend, which took place from June 15 to 19 in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, garnered $4,418,851 in donations and auction sales, reported The Atlanta-Journal Constitution. The annual fundraising event featured a town hall with senior Carter Center leaders, staff presentations, live, silent, and online auctions, as well as several social events. The proceeds of the fundraiser will support the Center's initiatives to promote peace, combat diseases, and foster hope globally. A painting created by former President Jimmy Carter received the highest bid of more than 500,000 dollars. The oil painting "Monarchs and Milkweed" was sold for $525,000 to an anonymous bidder.



 

Carter said during the time, "Rosalynn and I are delighted by the results of this year's Carter Center Weekend. It means so much to us to spend time with our supporters and to know that their generosity makes it possible for The Carter Center to continue working to strengthen democracy, resolve conflicts, and fight disease." Apart from his hobbies, Carter is a family man and even said during a 2021 interview with AJC that "the best thing I ever did was marrying Rosalynn. That's the pinnacle of my life."



 

In February this year, Carter started hospice care in his house in Georgia, reported BBC. The Carter Center's statement said, "After a series of short hospital stays, former US President Jimmy Carter today decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention. He has the full support of his family and his medical team." In recent years, the 39th president of the United States has maintained a low public profile due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, he has remained vocal about the threats to democracy worldwide, which has been a long-standing concern for him.



 

In 2015, doctors discovered cancer in Jimmy Carter's brain and liver, and he announced that he would reduce his work schedule to undergo treatment, including immunotherapy and radiation. Although he was able to beat brain cancer, he experienced several health scares in 2019 and had to undergo surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. As a result of his health issues, he had to discontinue his long-standing practice of teaching Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia.

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