Gordon Greenwood majored in art throughout his academic years in the northeastern United States, ultimately completing a Master of Fine Arts degree from Temple University in 1953. There were periods of residence in Japan, Hawaii, California, Nevada and finally settlement in Camden, Maine. in 1988. Artwork was pursued in all these locations, but there were stretches of time when the path of life took other directions.
Greenwood explores diverse subjects in differing degrees of representation, but remains generally grounded in a sharply defined symbolic and simplistic style that often emphasizes forms suggested by Nature. Other depictions or imaginations are sometimes present, but always an attempt is made to reflect the core essences of things, whatever they are. Of course, the degree of subjective alteration determines whether or not there is recognizability on the part of the viewer, also depending on the viewer’s own experience. The artist’s intent, nevertheless, is to evoke feelings of familiarity even if they are subconscious. Planned ambiguity is also a recurring theme.
Early work was done in oil paint, but a switch to acrylics was made by the late nineteen sixties. The use of acrylic paint allows for many differing methods of application. A certain richness and variety of surface texture can be achieved, often within the same painting, which contributes added interest. A development in that same vein explores the vibrancy caused by the occasional juxtaposition of color on color in dotted or mottled configurations. Sprayed on color is also used.