Bio and Early Artwork

Bio


I was born September 19, 1950, in Columbus, Georgia, U.S.A. I started drawing very early in life and was a prolific and enthusiastic artist from then forward. I attended several different universities and had a number of majors. I graduated from Georgia State University, in 1975, with a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree. While at Georgia State, I majored in sculpture. Since graduating, I have worked more in printmaking and computer graphics. I feel comfortable working in both two and three dimensions. I have additional plans for new bronze castings which I will add to this gallery as each is completed.

Born Edward Mark Greenberg, I changed my name in 1986 to Dward Lee Greenbird. It was a lengthy process, from knowing that I wanted to change my name to deciding what that new name would be. I wanted a name that reflected my personal growth, both spiritually and as an artist… how I saw myself and one that I felt great about. I have never regretted my decision. The surname “Greenbird” originated in the UK, but most by that name settled in Canada rather than the U.S.


Early Artwork


In 1958, at seven years old, I created these pastel pencil drawings. I had already been drawing for several years, but no longer have any of those to present on this site. My earliest drawings were done with charcoal sticks and a large newsprint paper pad, which my father who was in the newspaper business gave to me. In my 20s, I came across my drawing pad, and saw these drawings again for the first time since I had done them. I noticed that my spontaneous drawing technique was evident in some of my early work. That is when I realized that I had retained a connection to my childhood. I’ve never forgotten how to play. In my estimation, there’s no way to measure the benefits to one’s life, of being able to tap into childlike attitudes and perspectives. It wasn’t until 2014 that I gave all these drawings titles.




A copied advertisement

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 My father often brought home newspaper images that I could copy. This advertisement had text printed on the white and purple areas of the image.




“Wood Burning, Pedaled Helicopter”

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 This drawing and the majority of those that follow were drawn from my imagination.




“A Fun and Dangerous Drop”

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“Noah’s Ark Bus”

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When I went to the Columbus School of Art in 1958, my father game me a book for children on how to draw creatively. I do not remember the name of the book — I still have it somewhere — but I do remember learning a technique in the book that I began to use and still use today. Basically, you draw a line, a scribble of any type, without any conscious thought or plan, and then look at the scribble to see if you see something in it. If need be, you erase lines and add lines to help what you see manifest. You start with an unconsciously drawn doodle and turn it into what you see consciously. I clearly remember, on this drawing, that I drew the top line over to what would become the head lamp first. Looking now at the drawing, I can see that that line is actually three separate interconnecting lines. Those were drawn from my unconscious. I consciously drew the downward line, leaving spaces for the wheels and then back up to the starting spot on the upper left. Next, I drew the wheels, the headlamp with its light, and finally the two windows at the top. This drawing was created similarly to how my block print, “Zen Ho”, was created.




“Rocket Car”

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“Space – An Early Frontier”

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“Faces, Ship, Boat”

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Top of my Strathmore ® Pad

Drawing Pad Cover




Copy of an Alley Oop cartoon

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“Santa and Coca Cola ®”

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From a Christmas Coca-Cola® ad.

A note about this drawing… hands were the hardest part of the body for me to draw. Santa’s left hand was a second try and his right hand was drawn, somewhat awkwardly, as a left hand.



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