About the Artist
Celebrating Life's Adventures
Britt not only paints scenes of adventure, but considers the painting process itself a grand adventure.
Originally from rural Minnesota, she has called the Pacific NW home since 2001. Here, she's inspired by the Cascade Mountains, the Puget Sound, paint-worthy hikes, and not least of all- other local artists. She's less inspired by the 6-month season of gloom in the Seattle region, but takes the opportunity to travel and paint in sunnier places like California, Arizona, Italy, and soon- Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, and Albania (by bicycle).
She is a Signature member of Puget Sound Group of NW Artists and a longstanding member of Plein Air Washington Artists and International Impressionist Society.
Born and raised in rural Minnesota, I was fortunate to have the same amazing art teacher throughout high school. This continuity gave me a solid basis of color theory, composition, values, as well as confidence to keep on creating. When I started on my journey of becoming a professional artist, I reached out to my high school art teacher to thank her. She said that she was so careful to give each student a full curriculum because she hadn't had that background when she started college.
My first real oil painting lessons were from an accomplished oil painter I met because she let my sheep use her pasture. She didn't really want to give lessons, but I was persistent, and in the end she agreed on the condition that I paid in homemade goat cheese! After just a couple lessons in which she taught me her "tips and tricks", I started painting voraciously (and haven't really stopped). I took workshops from artists I admired such as Mitch Albala, Pam Ingalls, Mike Wise, and Jim Lamb. Taking workshops is a wonderful way to learn the methods of different painters. I have found that the longer a person has been painting, the more likely they are to see their way as THE way, though. Half of the fun of the in-person workshop is studying the idiosyncrasies of the instructor and their insistence, for example, on using blue Costco brand shop towels and NO OTHER.
An avid plein air painter (painting from life outdoors), I'm a member and former board member of Plein Air Washington Artists. This is a fast-growing group of artists who go out and paint together in beautiful places. In 2019, I had the privilege of leading a multi-day camping/plein air expedition in Mt. Rainier National Park. In 2021, I was honored to be the designated plein air poster artist for 2021 for Railroad Days in Snoqualmie, WA. I'm a Signature Member and former board member of Puget Sound Group of NW Artists, a group that is almost 100 years old! In 2020, I was the show chair and MC for our first online juried show.
In a "hey, life is short ( Covid )" move in spring of 2021, with lots of spousal encouragement, I opened Britt Greenland Gallery in North Bend, WA. Having this space to show and teach has been a joy to my heart! The Gallery has a view of Mt. Si, which has its own weather pattern that is fascinating and inspiring. At the end of July 2022, the gallery will move to virtual-only temporarily. During this time, I'll do some adventure painting (Self-supported, self-guided 6-week bicycle tour with husband) in the former Yugoslavia region. Upon my return, I hope to find another beautiful space to show and teach in.
When not painting or teaching painting, I love traveling, hiking, cycling, backpacking, and sailing with my husband and friends - often painting on the way. Our sweet golden retriever (14 this year!), horrible tuxedo cat, and 2 mini bunnies also keep me busy. I've given up on keeping the house clean or the lawn in order. I will never give up on making the elusive perfect cup of coffee.
I'm always happy to talk to artists, collectors, or the curious masses about my process or art history or art in general.
PS: You won't find me on FB or IG or Twitter. I've been free and happy since June 2020. My only regret is not leaving sooner.
Britt in the press:
“It’s a response to the fullness of life that causes me to paint a wide variety of subjects, expressing my wonder about each one.”
~ Britt Greenland