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Artist Michele Green ('82) Reflects
Delaware's "Simple Vistas" in her Celebrated Work


11/22/10


West Windsor, 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 Biden.

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," she says.

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 to go.

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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At work in Delaware
Winter Waterway
"Yellow Path"
Fleming Tractor
Green's other creative pursuit