The acrylic paintings of Richard M. Greene radiate a decisive energy as bold brushstrokes assemble themselves without fuss or backtracking into powerfully telling images. The freshness and inventiveness of the works are all the more remarkable when we discover that they were painted by an artist in his later years. Sadly, Greene passed away in October 2012 at the age of 88, but he left behind a body of work that will inspire anyone who wonders what might be achieved “after retirement.” The artist took up painting full time after a successful career as an art teacher and educational administrator, and quickly gained a following—along with his share of awards and prizes, including the Salmagundi Club National Acrylic Award. Working right up to the end of his life, he left behind a body of work that would be the envy of many a younger artist.
The joyous, disarming spirit of Greene’s paintings is mirrored in a statement that the artist published several years ago: “ … every time I look around, there’s something or someone special to paint. It’s exhilarating to see how people move and present themselves, and how barns, boats, houses, trees, and hills arrange themselves into such a natural and magical order.”
Read more about Greene’s creative process and working methods in the magazine, Acrylic Artist, a 124-page special fall release (order your copy at www.northlightshop.com) from the editors of The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Artist, Pastel Journal and Drawing.
Here’s a sampling of the artist’s work in acrylic:
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