For a plein air painter, everything is a relevant subject and diversity of experience is a decided asset. Truer words could not be found to describe this artist, who enjoys nothing more than packing up his paints and easel for a day working locally or in nearby Colonial Williamsburg, sometimes Provence or the Coast of Maine.
Boyhood spent in South Carolina paddling an Old Town canoe he restored or hiking the Smokies with a biologist father. Philosophy and French were undergraduate majors; graduate work at UNC-Chapel Hill in Classics (Greek and Latin). Certificates from the universities of Dijon and Montpelier, France. A career teaching in private and public schools allowed summers in Maine as a Whitewater and Rock-climbing Specialist for the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. Other work included running the canoe-rig for Chesapeake Bay Foundation. A USCG Master's license made possible a stint as sailboat delivery captain worldwide. Other activities have ranged from hiking the Appalachian and Long Trails end-to-end, biking the Oregon Trail and across France, to living aboard a sailboat for twelve years while sailing and painting all over the world. The violin and viola were an interest for years, but a recent fascination with classical guitar occupies leisure time.
Toano,VA (near Williamsburg) is home now with wife Isabelle and three cats. Art has been a lifelong pursuit. The inspiration of an extended stay in Villefranche S/M in the early 60's where Cocteau and Matisse did so much fine work, the study in Dijon and Montpellier with their wonderful museums and university offerings, the frequent trips over the years to Paris, the Loire Valley and the Midi, and to Italy and Greece - the Mediterranean periploi, and not least, the core Studio Art Program at Virginia Commonwealth University, all have fueled this passion. Serious brush to canvas painting revived long ago in Sri Lanka on a sailing trip from Bali to Cyprus. It has continued without interruption to the present. Sailing has always offered the means for visiting interesting places to paint and for gleaning new ideas. Until recently cruising the coast of Maine in our 36' Cheoy Lee cutter rigged sloop, Arke, provided a respite from southern summers. Now day-sailing on the Chesapeake Bay is a pleasant enough diversion to quell any serious wanderlust. To escape harsh winter weather Key West and Charleston, SC offer familiar places where watercolors mostly do not freeze.
Recently, a trip to the Coast of Maine provided fodder for the mind of this inquisitive explorer/artist. See some of the product of his wandering eye below. Click on any picture to see a larger version of it.
Now in October Edwin has gone to Paris and we have begun seeing what he is working on there. The first photo came in on October 24th (1939 years after Vesuvius erupted burying Pompeii) and it, of course, is in Montmartre. New ones today (Friday) include Notre Dame, Place des Vosges, and Saint Germain.
The paintings below, except the ones from Paris, are now available in our gallery and may be purchased, or reserved by phone or email. Call us at (757) 229-7644 or email at info@WilliamsburgArt.com to arrange purchase and/or framing of these new works by Edwin Green. Unframed 11X14" paintings are $250, 8X10" paintings are $150, 6X8 are $85. We have special frames available for $80 to $125 dollars for these paintings.
We don't have the Paris paintings yet or the prices. We may have them by next weekend for the open house.
"Maine is always special -whether inland or coastal. The weather this trip was perfect - never more than 85 degrees during the day with negligible humidity. Night required a blanket towards morning. The eight year hiatus since the last visit had produced changes. Two life time friends had died, their house sold, their children living afar. But Katahdin, which I first climbed over forty years ago after a long walk from Georgia, remained the same. As did Kineo, prized by Indians for its Rhyolite flint. My father had shown me an arrowhead made of it when I was a boy. And how many times had I sailed up from the Virginia Capes to escape the Southern summer? Nostalgia comes from the Greek meaning 'homecoming'. It's ok to indulge in it from time to time."