Don Griffith, Happy Valley,Oregon Member Since December 2009 Artist Statement Through my travels, I have become intrigued with people, especially the way their heritage and individual strength of character is reflected in their faces and posture. The people I’ve encountered have inspired me to add figurative art to a repertoire that focused on landscape and wildlife painting for more than 30 years.
Today, in addition to landscape and wildlife subjects, I portray individuals from a variety of cultures and activities. I strive to illustrate their unique qualities, painting and sculpting people with a range of emotions and locations that will inspire my audience to remember specific memories from their past.
My artistic spirit thrives on pursuing several media, which stimulates and challenges me to continually improve my techniques. With sculpture, I enjoy the three-dimensional process of using wax and clay to give form, texture, and definition to express feeling and movement. When painting, I use mixed media, such as acrylic, watercolor, and pencil to accomplish a feeling of depth as well as detail. And, for expressive portraits, I prefer colored pencils, which allow me to create fine detail and realistic skin and hair tones.
I am a retired orthodontist, who has had a passion for creating art for over 40 years. I have attended many art classes and workshops at Pacific Northwest College of Art and Mt. Hood Community College to constantly work on improving my techniques. I have shown my art in the Portland Open Studios, the Audubon Wild Arts Festival, the Lake Oswego Festival of Arts, the Salem Art Fair, the Portland Art Fair, the Bend Arts Festival, the Gresham Art Walk, the City of Gresham Visual Arts Center, the Clackamas County Art in Public Spaces, the Soda Creek Art Gallery in Sisters and several other Oregon art galleries.