Today we’d like to introduce you to Millie Greene.
Millie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I started painting at age 49 after raising three daughters. Linda Greene Phillips being one of them that was recently featured in your magazine. My exposure to art was little to none in my earlier years as I was told I needed to work and be a secretary. As luck would have it I visited a friend who had a painting on the wall that she had painted. I thought that was amazing and it changed my life. I started taking art classes.
The first year I was just copying photographs and then met other artists that were studying from life. After that, I had the good fortune of studying with the best. Hal Reid, Max Turner, Sergei Bongart and Peter Liashkov. I was Sergei Bongarts secretary and scholarship student.
Everything I painted was from life. I mainly painted in my apartment in Santa Monica where I have resided for forty years. From the sandy beaches, colorful umbrellas. and the pier. I would hire waitresses and waiters for models in different poses in my apartment. I always have a still life up consisting of garage sale finds and swap meets and of course beautiful flowers that are in season.
I teach private lessons during the week. Students have asked me how they can paint like I do. I tell them to study but one thing I cannot teach them is emotion! They must feel that for themselves If you paint a rose petal, paint softly not like painting a brick. When you paint from a model capture the soul, through the eyes. You must feel the excitement when you paint. My apartment is like a tiny museum filled with paintings of mine and a collection of other artists I admire.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I create what inspires me, from a flower, a nose, a beach shell. Creating is so a part of me. I also was a jewelry designer. The success of that was my color sense and shapes I used in my paintings.
I hope people will see in my work the emotion and beautiful colors. I hope they feel the excitement I did in creating the piece and go on that journey with me. My artwork is all done by my heart and passion.
Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I think life has become more difficult for artists today. Also, it has become difficult for galleries to survive with many of them having to be taking fees in addition to the percentage for selling the painting.
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