Artist Gives Depth To Work Through Multiple Applications



While the snow melts on the golf course outside his window, Jack Greenshield is in his art studio creating a landscape in green.

Since he cannot play golf, he is painting hole number nine of the Payson Golf Course where he shot a double eagle (two on a par-five hole.)

Golf courses are not the main subjects of Greenshield's oil paintings.

He enjoys putting brush to canvas to paint Kachinas, Western landscapes of the Grand Canyon and the Mogollon Rim and still-lifes.

"I paint in layers versus wet-on-wet," he said.

That means at any given time Greenshield has four to six paintings in process while he waits three or four days for the layer of color to dry. Light colors go on thicker and take longer to dry.

"I have a fairly tight painting style," he said. "I do not use a lot of brush strokes -- the strokes are there, but not definitive.

"And one thing I try to do when I paint is apply colors in a realistic method."

He has a wealth of slides his wife Carol took over the past 30 years to spark his muse, and he will stop to sketch an object if he does not have his camera handy.

"Lately I have been drawn to Kachinas because they are wonderful and fun to paint," he said.

Greenshield's first taste for art came as a child when he watched an older cousin draw animals.


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Art was never a career goal.

As a teenager, Greenshield loved horses and football.

He worked with his great aunt's show horses on her farm in Michigan.

A kick in the head by a horse cost him a football scholarship to Michigan State University.

Greenshield could have died from the kick. Fortunately the blacksmith was a day late for his appointment to sharp-shoe (a horse shoe with spikes) the horse for the winter.

Although Greenshield graduated from MSU with a degree in animal husbandry, the kick caused a brain abscess three days after it happened.

It put him in a coma for three weeks.

After college, Greenshield went worked for Hormel, General Motors then for Samaritan hospitals.

He found time in the 1970s to study art under Jim Strong who was teaching at the time in Scottsdale.

Strong was so flexible he could pick up with a student whatever their range of experience, according to Greenshield.

Now, the only thing that keeps him from knowing a painting is complete is a sense of perfectionism.

"Between my wife, Carol, golf and painting, I keep pretty busy," Greenshield said.


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Name: Jack Greenshield

Medium: Oil

Advice to beginning artists: Paint what you enjoy, otherwise you're not apt to do it.

Previous career: Health care finance executive for Banner (Samaritan) Health Care

Why Payson? We retired here in 1992. "I love it here, I have no desire to travel."

Hobbies: Playing golf and building golf clubs, and watching football.

Favorite music: Old country western, big band and classical.

Points of Contact: Artist of the Rim Gallery, 408 W. Main St., Payson, (928) 472-1159 or his studio at (928) 474-9708.

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