Renown landscape artist Michael Gibbons and his wife Judy recently appeared before an appreciative group of residents at Oceanview Assisted Living in Newport. Michael, a master storyteller in his own right, held his audience in mild rapture as he wove tales of his life-long travels and paintings he’s made throughout his life, at home in America, as well as abroad. Michael has many of his works adorning the walls of the homes of former Sen. Mark Hatfield, former Secretary of State and Mr. Colin Powell, Sir Samuel and Lady Roberts, Swofford, Norfolk, U.K., Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Jordan (Jordan a close advisor to President Bill Clinton), and actor and orchestra conductor David Ogden Stiers as well as in the Oregon Governor’s Mansion in Salem.
Gibbons talked to the residents about the intricacies of using quality paints and of the skills that are required to blend them to produce just the right tone, texture and luminance to create the effects that are his trademarks in his presentations of seashores, tree covered hills, deep running river canyons and covered wooden bridges that cross them, marshes, wildlife and lagoons. Several of his viewers, who had dabbled in a little bit of painting artistry of their own, took keen interest in his color blending talents. There were many keen observations made by Michael’s audience which produced a number of teaching moments for them as they were given a rare opportunity to watch Michael at work with his eye, paintbrush and canvas.
When talking about traveling abroad, Michael impressed his viewers with how practical and easy it is for him to transport his paints, canvasses and folding easels that set up easily in any situation, and yet manage to sail through vigilant security screenings at airports.
In a thank you note to Michael and Judy Gibbons, the Oceanview staff said “It was wonderful seeing some of your paintings and a chance to watch you work! Thank you for taking the time to visit with residents here. Such visits as yours enrich their lives so much.”