Being born and raised in Vermont contributed to becoming an artist of nature. My art training began early at the hands (and brush) of my father, Artist Leon Griffith. Though he passed away when I was only 17, he imparted in me respect and appreciation for nature and my initial interest in art.
Graduating magna cum laude in college, I minored in art and continued taking art classes in many other venues. Though my professional life was diverted to a career in public service, I eventually made art my second career. My art career consists of non-stop exhibiting and networking. In addition, I’ve been juried into many art exhibits such as Southern Vermont Art Center, The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA, Art in the Round Barn, Waitsfield, VT, various shows at the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville, VT, Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT, Vermont Pastel Society’s Exhibits at the Vermont Governor’s Office, Chaffee Art Center in Rutland, VT, Gruppe Gallery, Jericho, VT, Arabella’s Gallery, Windsor, VT. Other achievements include being juried into the University of Vermont Medical Center Annual Artist Calendar in 2013 and most recently for 2016. Northern Woodlands magazine commissioned me to paint a piece for their Winter 2016 magazine issue. I’ve been selected to be an Artist in Residence for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Highland Center, Crawford Notch, NH. Also, 3 pieces of art were picked by a NY Production Company for stage sets in 2017 Indie film entitled Trouble starring Anjelica Huston and Bill Pullman.
In addition, I am the past President of the Vermont Pastel Society, juried member of the Pastel Society of America, a member of the Art Resource Association, Vermont Crafts Council, Studio Place Arts, Bryan Memorial Gallery and on the Board of Directors for the T.W. Wood Art Gallery and Museum, Montpelier, VT.
Arabella Gallery in Windsor, VT and Artisans’ Gallery, Waitsfield, VT represent my fine art, as well as art prints and cards. My artist cards are also sold at The Drawing Board in Montpelier, VT as well as on my website. I teach pastel painting classes in Windsor and in the Central Vermont area.
Painting in pastel, oil and acrylic, my art has been described as magical realism. Oil painting was the first medium I fell in love with as a child, enjoying the sensation of oils gliding over a smooth surface with a fine brush. A few years ago, I fell in love with the physical intimacy of pastel as well as the vibrancy of the colors.