When looking at these paintings it’s important to note that all of them, both past and present, are trompe l’oeil illusion. Even the wood frames and white mats are illusionistically painted.
ARTIST, FRIEND, CREATIVE SPIRIT — Sadness overwhelms us as we announce the passing of George D. Green. His impact on each of those he met is a lasting and profound experience to be treasured. George had a unique capacity to translate his sense of wonderment into works of art that continuously engage, challenge and entertain. As each viewer encounters George’s illusion, what seems to be real, becomes a question. It is an experience to be remembered. George found great joy in direct contact with people as they viewed his work. This was most noticeable when he gave studio tours or was leading an artist’s workshop. In a recent workshop, a young boy who was transfixed by George’s work, said to George: “It looks like the music of the winds.” His career as an artist is firmly established through hundreds of exhibitions, being part of the permanent collections of over 70 museums, and in private collections. A few years ago, George brought in trusted friends and advisors to create the George D. Green Art Institute. The artist has been encouraged and supported by his wife and fellow artist, Jeri Hise, who serves as the executive director of the Institute. Jeri’s commitment, hard work and love have been instrumental in the success of the Institute and offered strength to George and his career. George wanted to leave an institution that would encourage and inspire young people. He wanted them to be the best they could be. As a young artist in Corvallis, Oregon, George did not have access to museums and galleries with large collections. He had to learn on his own. The Institute changes that. Led by George and Jeri’s shared vision, the Institute is now accomplishing goals that were dreams and ideas a few years ago. Education through direct experience is our guiding principle. We firmly are committed to continuing with the work of the Institute. His passing is a time for contemplation. George inspired, enriched and encouraged all of us. We are better people as a result.