N.J.- For MCCC alumna Michele Green '82 (AAS, Advertising
Design), art was not a choice, but a calling. "I sold
my first painting when I was 14. I was hooked after that."
She notes that artists are "blessed with a gift, and
burdened with a desire to relay the mind's images."
Green's fascination with the highways and byways of Delaware
has led to one of the largest treasure troves of Delaware
landscape painting anywhere. Her paintings have been featured
in Delaware Today and Outdoor Delaware magazines and one of
her landscapes hangs in the home of U.S. Vice President Joe
After graduating from Steinert High School, Green enrolled
at Mercer in 1980, drawn by the reputation of the art department
and the convenience of the campus in West Windsor. "There
was up-to-date equipment and incredible instructors,"
Mercer proved an excellent choice, providing an environment
that encouraged Green to blossom artistically. "I was
fresh out of high school. It was the first time in my life
that I was treated seriously as an artist," she says.
One of her professors, a professional illustrator, was particularly
inspiring; based on his recommendation, she took additional
courses at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
As a professional artist for more than 20 years, Green believes
her role is to help people see "the value in simple vistas.
I like to paint what people forget to look at."
With a style that "reflects a loose and generous handling
of pigment," Green explains that she enhances the feel
of filtering light in the plein aire style of the French impressionist
painters. The effect for the viewer is an intimacy and connection
with the natural world.
Green has found a grateful audience in Delaware as she continues
to enhance her reputation for painting some of the more remote
areas of the state. Her most recent works have focused on
the Delaware's historic Route 9 corridor from Wilmington to
Dover. She often completes work for the state park system,
and is currently on exhibit at the Station Gallery in Greenville,
Del. Other exhibit sites have included the Peninsula Gallery
in Lewes, the Federal Street Gallery in Milton, and Monsoon
Gallery in Bethlehem, PA, as well as the Bedford County Art
Council (PA) and the Delaware Agricultural Museum.
Acknowledging the challenges of a career in the arts, Green
notes, "I think only one percent of the population makes
a living at their art full time. In this economy, you really
have to be brave or stubborn, I'm not sure which!" But
her passion for painting and the flexibility it affords her
to be an available mom for her now teenage son have kept her
firmly rooted in the field.
Green recently decided to add to her artistic skill set by
returning to college at Wilmington University to complete
a bachelor's degree in Career and Technical Teaching. She
is a proud member of the Kappa Delta Pi International Education
Honor Society and maintains a 4.0 GPA with just two courses
In her spare time, Green creates in another milieu. She is
an accomplished banjo player who plays in several bluegrass
bands. She also organizes an indoor bluegrass festival in
northern Delaware, held annually in March.
Green encourages today's students to pursue a career that
will make them happy. "This is not a dress rehearsal,"
she says. "Your career takes up a good part of your life.
You need to love it every day."
To view Green's work, visit her website here.
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