Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, Greg discovered that he had a talent for identifying and recreating images at age 11 when he drew an exact replica of a cartoon from a newspaper using colored pencils. Greg would put on his headphones and draw for hours each day. He accredits Norman Rockwell as one of his inspirations as he would often duplicate his works as a young boy.
Greg’s mother and father were both very supportive of his skill for illustration and encouraged him to pursue a career in art. After high school, Greg attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, working on an Associate’s degree in printing but soon had to drop out by age 19 because of his father passing away.
After working as a stock boy in a department store for five years, Greg returned to school at age 24, attending Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan and earning his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Illustration in 1990. In 1992, Greg moved to San Jose, CA where he eventually made his home in Monterey, CA for twenty years, having owned a small gallery on Cannery Row. During that time, he also worked for 12 years for Thomas Kinkade, as Kinkade’s very first apprentice, and then Kinkade’s Media Arts Group, Inc. as a highlighter and working his way up to the quality control manager for their reproductions.
From 2004-2005, Greg also worked with renowned sculptor, Richard MacDonald, archiving MacDonald’s drawings and sketches.
Greg moved from Monterey, CA to New Orleans, LA in 2009 where he has found tremendous inspiration in the lifestyle of New Orleans. He has owned and operated Creason’s Fine Art Gallery since 2009 and in July 2019 opened up a second location in New Orleans.
Greg’s works have been shown at several galleries throughout California, Louisiana, Texas, Oregon, New Mexico and Florida. He has exhibited at 2015 Art Prize in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2016 & 2017 ArtExpo in New York, 2016 Art Santa Fe, 2017 Spectrum Miami and 2017 & 2018 West End Celebration on the Monterey Peninsula in California. His artwork is also in the private residences and businesses of collectors throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, England, France, Sweden, Germany, Norway, South Africa & Brazil.
Greg’s commissioned pieces are displayed at Seachasers Restaurant at Jacksonville Beach, FL as well as being a commissioned artist for the American Cruise Lines Mississippi River cruise ships. He has 27 featured pieces of artwork on American Cruise Lines three paddle boats and three contemporary boats that were commissioned between 2012 and 2018. He is currently working on four new originals for American Cruise Lines newest cruise ship, Harmony. He was chosen in 2011 to be the feature artist for the annual Dirty Linen Nights After Party in New Orleans. In June of 2018 he finished seven original paintings for the Dauphine Orleans Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in the French Quarter. In August of 2018, he was invited to be the feature artist for Steve Martin Fine Art at White Linen Night and to date, has had the most successful show at Steve Martin Fine Art. His artwork and gallery have become a staple of the New Orleans art scene as well as being on of the most collected artists in New Orleans in 2019.
2019 brings a more prolific and exciting year as he was chosen to be the only artist at the newly opened Cru Restaurant in New Orleans. In the fall of 2019, he will be returning to install artwork at Cella Retaurant in Monterey, CA. And, in July of 2019, he was chosen to be the first trimester 2020 feature artist at Resource Bank in New Orleans, a very prestigious commercial bank.