PATRICIA A. GRIFFIN

About The Artist

Patricia A. Griffin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1967 and has been a professional artist since 1990. Her work has brought her international recognition, has exhibited in 16 museums, and can be found in private and public collections from Dallas to Dubai. She has shown in 18 solo exhibitions, and over 180 group exhibitions. Griffin's work has won numerous honorable awards, including the Conservation Award in 2022 by Artists for Conservation, BC, an achievement that echoes the underlying drive of her work – to educate people and promote conservation.

A skilled teacher and photographer, she has designed her life to allow her to explore the natural world with her camera, and to share its incredible beauty through her paintings.

Juxtaposition of Color

If you were to look at one small piece of a painting by Patricia A. Griffin up close, you would find a variety of texture and, most notably, a range of colors applied in various brush strokes adjacent and overlapping one another. The piece of the subject that you were looking at up close would most likely be undistinguishable.

Yet, when you step back and view the whole painting, Patricia's paintings can feel realistic, sometimes pulling you into the stillness of the moment with her subject pausing to observe you, or creating the illusion of movement.

How various colors within each of Patricia's paintings form such a realistic subject does not always make sense to a novice eye. Patricia is incredibly well-versed in color relationships and she skillfully manipulates the appearance of colors by introducing them to a neighboring color that changes the overall vibration by the time it reaches your eye. Using red, purple and teal instead of black and brown, adding cool or warm, light or dark colors to form the lines, shadows and expressions of her subjects; this color juxtaposition is a studied phenomenon, while not easy to master, that uses the function of our eye and interpretation by the brain to bring greater luminosity to a painting. Isolated, the colors are individual, but the optical mixing of colors when you add distance between the viewer and the paint creates unique optical effects. When the viewer takes a broader look, a transformation and blending of the colors occurs as their wavelengths overlap, changing the values and structure seen by the eye. The color complexity that is created brings greater luminosity and life to the piece.

Patricia paints from her own experiences, spending and enjoying countless hours in the field photographing and observing her subjects; she uses the photos as references for her paintings. Combining the still image with her first-hand experiences, she is able to share the moment with others through her paintings.

The sensations she captures are everything from the playful moment of bear cubs wrestling, to the split second that you hold your breath as you lock eyes with an enormous bull moose. To add a Patricia A. Griffin painting to your collection is to add an experience, a sensation, a moment to your space that will continue to energize you anytime you pause to enjoy it.

Patricia A Griffin Portrait In Front Of Large Triptych Painting Of Snow Geese

Artist's Statement

I am devoted to creating images with the intent of stirring stewardship of our natural world through captivating the viewer in a moment of presence. The time I spend in the habitat of my subjects is critical to my process, and I draw from my experiences and the moments of shared existence to recreate and pass on the sensations from the field to the viewer. As I paint, the colors I choose and their application create a luminosity, a vibration of the pigments next to one another that, when interpreted by the eye, allows illusions of movement or even a conjuring in the mind of sound, bringing the animal to life.

10% of the proceeds from my work is donated to conservation.

 



Gallery Representation

  • Aspen Grove Fine Art, Aspen, CO
  • Gallery Wild, Jackson, WY
  • Gallery Wild, Santa Fe, NM
  • Going To The Sun Gallery, Whitefish, MT
  • Goldenstein Gallery, Sedona, AZ
  • Saatchi Art, Los Angeles, CA

 

Select Awards

Conservation Award, Artists for Conservation, BC, August 2022

Best In Show, Western Spirit, Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY, 2020

Publishers Award of Excellence, Art of the West Magazine for "Golden Arches'' at the New Mexico Farm and ranch Heritage Museum, 2011

Museum Exhibitions

  • Allentown Art Museum,PA
  • Desert Caballeros Museum,AZ,
  • Dutot Museum,PA,
  • Booth Western Art Museum, GA
  • Everhart Museum, PA,
  • Gateway Arch Museum, MO
  • Greater Plains Art Museum, NB,
  • Hunterdon Art Museum, NJ,
  • International Museum of Art, TX,
  • Lanwan Art Museum, China
  • Monmouth Museum, NJ,
  • National Museum of Wildlife Art, WY,
  • New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, NM,
  • Old West Museum, WY, State Museum of Pennsylvania, PA,
  • Tucson Desert Museum, AZ, Women’s Museum Of California, CA.
  • Associations

  • American Women Artists
  • Artists For Conservation, Signature Member
  • Lehigh Art Alliance
  • Oil Painters Of America
  • Society of Animal Artists

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2022
  • Ecology, Gallery Wild, Jackson, WY
  • 2021
  • Auradell Gallery, Stroudsburg, Pa
  • 2020
  • Gallery Wild, Jackson WY
  • Lauberge' de Sedona, Sedona, Az
  • 2018
  • Existence, Nurture Nature Center, Easton, PA
  • 2015
  • Auradelle Gallery at Stroudsmoor, Stroudsburg, PA
  • Pocono Community Theatre, East Stroudsburg, PA
  • Carspecken Scott, Wilmington, DE
  • 2014
  • Brath & Hughes, Mechanicsburg, PA
  • 2013
  • Newberry Gallery, Stroudsburg, PA
  • Sanofi Pasture, Tannersville, PA
  • 2011
  • HUB Gallery, Penn State University, University Park, PA
  • Gallery @ Local Flair, Cresco, PA
  • 2010
  • Dutot Museum, Delaware Water Gap, PA

Group Exhibitions

  • 2021
  • Plein Air, Invitational Exhibition, National Museum of Wildlife Art, 2021
  • Uncommon Light, Gallery Wild, Jackson, WY
  • Cowgirl Up, Desert Caballeros Museum, Wickenburg, AZ
  • South Eastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston, SC
  • "3 Billion", Georgia Audubon Society, Hudgens Center, Atlanta, GA
  • 2020
  • Fall Arts Festival, Gallery Wild, Jackson, Wy
  • Cowgirl Up, Desert Caballeros Museum, Wickenburg, AZ
  • South Easter Wildlife Exposition, Charleston, SC
  • Western Spirit, Old West Museum, Cheyenne, Wy
  • Artist In Residency, Paris, Provence (cancelled)
  • Artist In Residency L'auberge, Sedona, AZ
  • 2019
  • October, Goldenstein Gallery, Sedona, AZ
  • September Fall Arts Festival, Gallery Wild, Jackson, Wy
  • June Dutot Museum, Delaware Water Gap, Pa
  • May 1-7 Artist in Residency, Goldenstein Gallery, Sedona AZ
  • March Artist in Residency, Gallery Wild
  • February 14-18, South Eastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston, SC, Invitational Exhibition
  • 2018
  • February 23-24, Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA, Invitational Exhibition “Gala & Auction”
  • April 29 - May 1, Pocono Arts Council, Stroudsburg, PA, Juried Exhibition “Earth Speaks”
  • May 1 - 8, Goldenstein Gallery, Sedona, AZ, Artist in Residence
  • June 21, North Hampton Community College, Poconos, PA, Panelist “On Line Marketing”
  • July 6 - August 31, Southwind Gallery, Topeka, KS, Invitational Exhibition,“Daughters of the Prairie”
  • July 14 - July 28 Dutot Museum Plein Air Event *Honorable Mention
  • July 27- August 25, Artist for Conservation, Vancouver, BC, Silent Skies Mural Exhibition
  • September 1-6, Going to the Sun Gallery, White Fish, MT, Artist in Residence
  • September 7-15, RARE Gallery, Jackson, WY, Artist in Residence, Fall Arts Festival
  • September 29-30, Harrogate Convention Centre, Yorkshire.- Wildlife & Safari Show
  • September 21-October 21, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA, 34th Annual LAA
  • October 17-21, gallery@oxo,Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London, Sketch for Survival
  • October 30 - November 6, Goldenstein Gallery, Sedona, AZ, Artist in Residence
  • November 2 - 28, Goldenstein Gallery, Sedona, AZ, “Women in Art”
  • November 1 - 30, Brickworks Gallery Atlanta, GA. “Flora and Fauna”
  • November 1-4, Conde Nast Luxury Travel Fair, London Olympia, Sketch for Survival
  • November 7-8,-Walcot Chapel Gallery, Walcot Gate, Bath, Sketch for Survival
  • November 14,The Explorers Club, New York, USA, Sketch for Survival
  • November 15-17,- Salmagundi Club, New York, USA, Sketch for Survival
  • November 15-18, Plantation Wildlife Art Festival, Gathersburg, GA, Invitational Exhibiti
  • November 23-25, Crypt Gallery, Cathedral Close, Norwich
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