Greg Singley was born September 30, 1950, in Greensboro, Alabama. After four years of business studies at an Alabama college, Singley enrolled in the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and graduated with a degree in Illustration and Design in 1976. After being employed for a time in the South as a designer, he decided to relocate to the Southwest United States in order to pursue a career in illustration and fine art. While in pursuit of a career in illustration, artist Greg Singley discovered that his true love was painting. "I was still working as an illustrator and designer when the Phoenix Art Press asked me to paint some impressionist floral paintings", says Singley. "After two or three paintings I knew this was it. I loved it." Singley takes his major inspiration from the first French Impressionists, Monet and Renoir. He cites Monet (especially at Giverny), Pissarro, and Van Gogh as having most strongly influenced the evolution of his impressionistic style, and he greatly admires the American turn-of-the-century Impressionist Maynard Dixon as well. Says Singley: "At its heart, Impressionism is a spirit. To best express this spirit, the work should be extremely abstract. The magic of an impressionistic canvas is the viewer's recognition of the greater image. By using the most fleeting bits of color and shape, I can demonstrate how each form is made of so many others." Irises, roses and peonies sway in a sensorial and romantic dance in Greg's oil paintings; water lilies float atop clear pools where plump goldfish swim. Each light-flooded canvas is appealing, inviting the viewer to enter, relax and relish the scenery. Greg Singley is a very prolific painter; he lives and paints on Pedro Beach in Santa Barbara, California and his paintings are displayed in galleries throughout the country. Singley paints from the heart, with passion, and he chooses his colors instinctively, utterly without calculation. He will at times use a palette knife and even his fingers so he can apply paint to the canvas more directly, more intuitively, but he always uses a brush for the highlights and shadow strokes and other fine details. These methods have enabled him to imbue his paintings with a uniquely rich and vivid magnificence. He has also free-lanced as an illustrator, serving clients as varied as Arizona Trends, New Times Weekly News and Arts Journal, Arizona Living, the Arizona Republic, and the Phoenix Gazette. As a painter, Singley shows with the John Douglas Cline Gallery of Phoenix, the Ratcliff Williams Gallery of Sedona, and the Michael Collier Gallery of Scottsdale. Outside Arizona Singley displays his art with Chimers of Newport Beach, California; Miranda Galleries of Laguna Beach, California; Marilyn Wilson Gallery of Birmingham, Alabama; Windsor's of Dania, Florida; and J. Richards Gallery of Englewood, New Jersey.