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deborahagriffing

My paintings weave together elements of my life and dreams, reflecting much that I absorb throughout the day and night. My aim is to capture the density of life by creating paintings that are rich with images and texture. It is a process whereupon I build layers of oil and latex paint, drawing elements, and occasionally beeswax. I want each piece to have a complex history, like the strata of the earths crust. The images I depict have their roots in elements of my family life, past and present. Growing up with both parents being research scientists, ( my fathers field being plant genetics, my mothers child psychology) I became fascinated with the natural world and was encouraged to read, climb trees, draw pictures, collect rocks, and to build a rich imagination ( I had 13 imaginary friends including a dog named Rocky). I grew up watching Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Carl Sagon’s Cosmos, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, and of course Saturday morning cartoons. All this fostered a love of learning about the world. I consider painting a research method, a process that will happily keep me busy for a long time. The following is an abbreviated list of strongly held beliefs that influence my work:
1. All things are interconnected.
2. Art is not an autonomous element of living.
it is part of a cooperative system like a vital organ in the body.
3. It is essential to have a sense of humor with a repertoire of a few good jokes.
4.Although I would like to think that if I had more time I would get more done, I don't really believe that I would.

This artist was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2013
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