“Woodland Shadow Play” by Cindy Griffith
Magic in the Landscape
October 26 – December 29, 2017
Opening Reception Thursday, October 26, 5-7pm
Artist Statement: As an artist of nature and using magical-realism in my representational art, I enjoy amplifying colors and textures to inform my artistic expression. My inspiration is found playing with light and dark, warm and cool while using a vibrant colors palette for subjects such as forest shadows, mountain sun, fields, trees and a variety of landscapes. Capturing special vignettes in nature is satisfying to my heart and representing this joy on canvas allows others to sample those moments.
Living in Vermont means painting in my art studio located in our home under the watchful eye of Hunger Mountain. I use my own reference photos unless working on a commission piece. However, painting en plein air is always a more three-dimensional experience for me and I try to spend the warmer months painting out in nature.
Through time, I have learned the benefits of starting a piece with a value study and even sometimes “practice” pieces before the final. Frequently I start with an underpainting of pastel, watercolor or even oil washes. Laying out the painting bones with the underpainting helps in the final placement of characters and also helps to work out composition details. It pleases me to try other subject matter, but in my heart I am a nature artist.
Bio: 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, T.W. Wood Art Gallery, Montpelier. Other achievements include being juried into the University of Vermont Medical Center Annual Artist Calendar in 2013 and 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, T.W. Wood Gallery and on the Board of Directors for the T.W. Wood Art Gallery and Museum, Montpelier, VT.
My fine art and art prints and art suncatchers are exhibited at Artisans’ Gallery, Waitsfield, VT, Arabella Gallery in Windsor, VT and Artist in Residence Gallery, St. Albans, VT, the Art Shop Artists’ Medium, Cambridge, VT. I have taught pastel painting classes in Windsor, the Central Vermont area and teach privately, as well.
My art has been described as having a magical realism style in that my representational art moves toward the magical exaggeration of colors and values. For more, go to our website: www:hungermountainarts.com.