Greg got interested in photography as a teen and purchased his first camera on lay-a-way from a camera store in his hometown of Lima, Ohio. The photography set the ground work for his exploration in art. Twelve years ago, Greg began to pursue a formal career in acting and continued to use his photography artistically.
He has been exhibited at The Museum of Art at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and the University Club at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. As an actor, he has appeared on several national and regional programs. Most recently, he was seen in “Transporter 2” as a U.S. Marshall. He is a member of the International Freelance Photographers Organization. He delved into painting as another form of artistic expression about 11 years ago. His first painting, an oil “self-portrait,” was used as cover art for two books that he self-published, entitled “Wisdom,Quotes and Jokes” and “Wisdom, Quotes and Jokes II.”
Greg's artwork has been compared to that of abstract expressionist artist Jackson Pollock. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Pollock, Pollock was famous for his method of drip or pour painting; his technique creating intricate patterns of color.
First - I didn't choose art...it chose me.
You are compared to artist Jackson Pollock did you study him?
I never knew about Pollock. I was experimenting with paints and techniques. Someone saw my work, bought it and gave me the title of the black Jackson Pollock. I have since seen his work and a movie about him.
What are some of the things that inspire your pieces such as “blood on our hands” and “thieves”?
The inspiration of "Blood on Our Hands" was one night I was listening to the news. It was full of conspiracies, war hate crimes; the painting was a result of the emotions I felt after hearing all that. I try and avoid listening to the news nowadays.
You had a small role in the Film Transporter 2, is acting another passion of yours?
Acting and film making. In fact, I have written, directed and produced several short indie films, two of which have won national awards at film festivals across the country
Any words for other "striving" artists?
"Don't give up." Greg once met a woman who had gone to art school but gave up because she couldn't face the difficulties of being an artist. "I succeed as an artist because I am resilient, love people and I'm not a quitter."
Check HERE for a list of Greg’s exhibitions prior to 2010.