Based in Stephenville, on the west coast of Newfoundland, landscape artist Michael Greene finds inspiration in local beaches, fishing villages, and clouded skies which carry light throughout his composition. In his new series of paintings, Greene’s colour pallet and iridescent light evokes the glimmering hues of an opal.
“I stopped using any browns about four years ago in favour of warm and cool violets. I mingle colour so that every area has a colour vibration,” Greene said in a statement. “No area of nature consists of only one hue.”
Greene’s holistic approach to painting means that there are no details, only suggestions of details. He uses both a pallet knife for hard ridged things, and a soft brush to create his glowing atmospheres. His process begins in his mind; he will hold the image of a new painting in his head for up to a week. Finally, he begins painting without any sketch to map out his composition—instead, his dives head first into his oil paints. Greene’s playful approach to painting is evident in his cosmic skies and his romantic depictions of light. Take a look at Grey Evening Rose Blanche: his image of a grey sky is full of deep yellow light and cool violet tones behind a golden rocky hillside, set with colourful houses lining the shoreline. Greene’s new series exhibits the continuing evolution of his artistic style, alongside a compassionate spirit for Newfoundland.