The show will continue at the Arts Center through Sept. 27 and both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the community.
Green will be presenting a variety of pieces of artwork in the Canton based arts center.
“Reproducing what the eye can see does not interest me, nor does the constraint of perfection. I want to express myself without restraint,” he said.
A resident of the North Georgia Mountains near Ellijay, Green is a native of the city of Canton. Green lived in Canton until the age of 18 when he moved away to attend college in Florida.
“I knew when I was 10 that I wanted to be an artist, but I told myself ‘you can’t be an artist,’ so I spent a big part of my life studying while going to museums around the world,” he said. While in college, Green earned a Bachelor of Science, and Master of Arts degree from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Green served as a management professor at the University of Georgia, Auburn University, Mississippi State University, and Emory University for 11 years.
He has authored more than 100 publications, including 14 books on motivation and performance in the workplace. He left academia to join the business world, and has owned two management consulting and training firms, with clients such as Met Life, Delta Air Lines, Holiday Inns, and AT&T.
Shortly after retiring, Green decided to enroll in an entry level drawing class that contained live models.
“We were drawing the face and the figure, and at first I struggled,” said Green.
The classes, which lasted three hours, allowed Green to practice his skills consistently. According to Green, he works better when he is by himself rather than in a class setting.
“I went home with an 18x24 piece of paper and started drawing my 6-month-old grandson. When I finished, I stepped back and look at it and I knew then that I could learn to be an artist,” he said.
Green then took five to six classes and realized he learned better by working on his own, getting critiqued and going back home and doing all the work. “Most of my work was on my own, then getting it critiqued by talented art teachers,” he said.
After 13 years in the art business, Green has settled into his place in the art world as an expressionist who creates colorful and energetic contemporary paintings, both large and small.
Green has produced more than 8,000 paintings ranging from portraits and figures to modern contemporary works of art. In 2008 Green sold his first artwork to a private collector in Dallas, Texas.
“The expansion of my work around the world were through an agent that has been my help for the past year or so,” said Green. “I’m very pleased with where I am. I just started focusing on getting my work out and I’m pleased to (be) where I am today.
“When I first took an art class, I knew that I wanted to do art so I could express myself so that’s why I do art,” he continued. “I want to express who I am and how I feel. I get satisfaction expressing myself, not to make money or to be famous. I just love to do it.”
Green has more than 70 private collectors (including 17 in New York City, and several internationally in Italy, Ireland, and Amsterdam). Among the numerous private collectors are the Honorable Chief Justice Carol Hunstein, The Supreme Court of Georgia; and Drs. Norman Elliott and Oscar Grablowsky. Green also has 20 corporate collectors to his credit, including AT&T, IBM, and Southern Company.
“This show in Canton is my first solo show, and it’s my first attempt to show my work,” said Green.
When asked about how he felt regarding his new career as an artist, Green responded “I feel like I am finally at home, like I have finally found my freedom.”
Cherokee Arts Gallery will be displaying the work of Green from Sept 7 to 27, Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 12 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information regarding the debut of the Gallery show “Contemporary Art by Thad Green” visit http://cherokeearts.org. For information on Thad Green and purchasing artwork, visit http://www.thadgreen.com.