Greg Green is a painter living near the shores of Michigan’s Lake Superior. Born in 1961, he spent his school years painting and drawing in the suburbs of Grand Rapids Michigan. Moving on to Minneapolis for his MFA, he received local and national recognition for his large scale works. In 1993, he and his wife Kim decided to go on an adventure and build a small cabin off the grid on 40 acres in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. After many additions to the house, electricity and water were also added. Greg is now retired from teaching and is currently has a full time studio painting practice.
Born in 1961, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
After receiving my MFA in painting from the University of Minnesota in 1988, I lived and painted in my studio in down town St Paul. I showed the work mostly at Anderson and Anderson gallery in Minneapolis and had my final one man show there in 1992. I received a Bush Foundation grant in 1990 and was able to paint freely for 18 months. The grant also allowed my wife Kim and I to travel in Europe by bicycle for 13 weeks.
In 1991 I was invited to participate in the Walker Art Center’s open studio day.
I had been invited to teach at the U of Minnesota in 1991 where I worked as an adjunct for 2 years.
In 1992 I received a Minnesota State Arts board grant.
In 1993 we were ready for a change and moved to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where Kim grew up.
We bought 40 acres off the grid in Keweenaw County and built a 16×16 foot cabin. A big adventure and challenge from city life. We lived without power and water for 6 years. The house is still under construction in phase 3.
Over the years I stopped painting for myself and worked more at being of service to others. Teaching painting and drawing in treatment centers and for at risk youth. I also sponsored a boy for 4 years and helped an elderly woman with chores. I make my living working at the local food co op.
Kim and I spent a year in Japan teaching English in 1997.
In 2001, we made a trip to India to visit a child that we sponsor who lives in a Tibetan refuge. Tibetan Buddhist art and philosophy have been a great influence in my life.
In 2004, my friend and teacher, David Feinberg was a visiting artist at Finlandia University near my home. He very much encouraged me to start painting again, and so I have.
The time off gave me a chance to practice spiritual principals which are a have become an essential part of work. Now in my 40s, I feel I can paint about spiritual ideas with some maturity and understanding.