CAMDEN —After spending most of his professional career as a computer software engineer, Greg Gibson decided it was time to complete his bachelor’s degree in something he truly loves: art.
“I reached a point at which I wanted to do something else with my life,” says Gibson, a 61-year-old art major at Rutgers–Camden. “The most important thing for me at my age is to not do it for the money. You have to do what you like to do.”
Gibson, who is originally from Cherry Hill and now lives in Camden, spent six years in the U.S. Marine Corps before enrolling at Temple University, where he took courses in photography and built sets for stage performances as a communications and theater major.
However, Gibson never completed his degree and instead spent 23 years in computer software.
“I made a mistake,” Gibson admits. “I did it for the money, which was an easy decision at the time, but it was never what I wanted to do.”
Rutgers–Camden has given Gibson the opportunity to explore everything he loves about art. He is painting a canvas filled with tiny cells of color that immediately draw the attention of his audience. He calls the piece The Energy of my Cells Wishes You Well.
“Whatever you get out of it is up to you,” he says. “I wanted to create a nice experience; something pleasant. For this project, it struck me that the perception of color can be learned. Red means stop, or danger, or anger. Blue is peaceful. I wanted to create something that removed people from those perceptions. I wanted to remove the symbolism. It should be something that is, when you walk into the room, whatever you want it to be.”
Gibson says he draws his inspiration from various life experiences and dreams, which is what makes his art personal.
“You want to bring something into your art that maybe you see that no one else can see,” he says. “It’s a hard thing to do, but you have to make it your own.”
Gibson will be presenting his art to the Rutgers–Camden campus community at the annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity on April 18 in the Cam
pus Center Multi-Purpose Room from noon to 1:30 p.m.
For more about CURCA, visit fas.camden.rutgers.edu/student-experience/undergraduate-research/curca.