The Master Artist with the tools of his trade.
Meet the Artist
Nathan Greene is a contemporary painter whose artistic heritage is
grounded in the honored tradition of a golden era in American
Greene is only in his forties, but his tie to the spirit of the great
illustrator/painters of the 1940s like Harry Anderson, Hayden
Sundbloom (noted for his classic Santa paintings for Coca Cola),
and Tom Lovell is a tangible one. Nathan knew the elderly Anderson
personally and looked to the legendary artist for inspiration and
As well as being one of the greatest commercial illustrators ever
(working for popular magazines of that era such as Collier’s, Ladies
Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, and Woman’s Home Companion),
Anderson was known for his moving portrayals of Christ in
In a gift of friendship and confidence Anderson gave young Greene
original costumes used in the older artist’s historic paintings. The
gesture touched Nathan and helped fuel his career. He still utilizes
these items in many of his reference set-ups today. Anderson’s
affirmation of the young painter was to later resurface and significantly
influence Nathan’s future.
Greene grew up in Michigan and attended Chicago’s historic American
Academy of Art where the art principles akin to the illustrators he so
admired were taught. Soon Nathan began an illustration career for both
secular and inspirational publishers in Chicago, the East Coast, and the
western United States.
His skill and reputation grew as he worked his way up to 50-60
illustration commissions annually. He also painted a number of key
commissions for the NASA space program while being granted access
to launchings, landings, and astronaut training to photograph painting
In 1990 the Versacare Corporation approached the aging master Harry
Anderson about doing two sizable painting commissions. “I’m retired,”
said Harry, but he recommended the up and coming Nathan Greene.
The resulting “Family of God” and “Chief of the Medical Staff” were
enthusiastically received and remain two of Greene’s most popular
images in print format. They were pivotal in the transition of Nathan’s
career from mostly commercial illustration to full-time corporate
commissions and prints. Soon he teamed up with California-based Hart
Classic Editions, who continue to represent his corporate
commissioned work as well as publish his reproduction prints and
Today, like his late mentor Anderson, Greene’s powerful paintings are
touching lives around the globe.