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Francis E. Green
Oil on board
12 x 16 inches

Francis E. Green

(American, b. 1946)

Francis E. Green grew up in San Diego, California the son of Charles Green and Lois Simmerman. His art mentors include Bob Baxter and Clifford Smith and he has been inspired by the leading tonalists and colorists of the 19th and 20th centuries. He received a BA degree in Painting from San Diego State University (1970) and was the recipient of an art fellowship from Temple University, Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy and he earned a Masters of Fine Art after a year's study at Temple/Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA.

Upon completion of his education, Green became Department Head of Printmaking at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (1971-1973). In 1975 Green moved to New York City and began a career as a stone lithographer and Master Printer at Atelier Ettinger overseeing the production of Norman Rockwell lithographs.

Green and his artist-wife Barbara Korr Green moved to Catskill, NY and soon appreciated and began to paint along the Hudson River. He worked with the Friends of Olana, Frederick Church’s landmark estate on the Hudson River for over 10 years and taught plein-air painting. From 1999-2000 Green painted outdoors at Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and in 2002 he came to Nantucket and captured with ease the essence of the Gray Lady's moods and atmospheric effects.

Like Hudson River School masters (1825-1875), Green has the ability to capture exquisite, ephemeral light variations and subtle color changes in an effective, naturalistic manner. With relative ease his illusive brushwork seems to emulate the intricate color tonalities found in nature's ever-changing fleeting moments and without painting hard edges he is able to recreate on canvas Nantucket's beauty and natural charm by painting "portraits of a place" that may not exist a few years from now.