As she continues to make her name known as an important part of the southern Oregon arts community, SOAR welcomes artist Carla J Griffin to the Visual Artist Directory.
An award-winning artist from Grants Pass, Oregon, Griffin works primarily in pastel and oils, skillfully rendering a variety of subjects from still life and portraits of people to landscapes in styles from realism to impressionism. Fearless, she also offers a fine collection of pure abstract paintings. Carla might be considered an emerging artist, yet her work has turned the heads of judges, jurors and critics since she began exhibiting and gains more attention with each new show.
Carla grew up in Eagle Point, Oregon. Her mother was a self-taught artist, and due to her influence Carla has had a lifelong fascination with the shapes, colors, lines, surfaces and reflections she noticed all around her. She wasn’t able to take the time to learn art while raising her family, but was always looking at things, wondering how she would capture their light and beauty. She lived and worked in Texas for 19 years, from where she and her late husband traveled much, visiting the great museums in Europe, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston and Chicago. After she married Burton, they moved to Grants Pass, Oregon. After settling in, she started taking classes with Marshall McDaniel, followed by workshops with Kim Ragsdale, Sue Bennett, Roni Marsh and Jeff Gogue. Jeff introduced her to Ryan Moon at Southern Oregon Art Academy. Her appreciation of the traditional art of Europe made the school a perfect fit. In 2012 Griffin was the first graduate of a three-year program at SOAA.
Griffin’s classical training has provided the strong foundation from which her art continues to grow. She paints in oil and pastel, with abstract works in acrylic. The most recent evidence of her success are two very special awards, 2015 Painting of the Year in the Southern Oregon Society of Artists year-end juried critique for her portrait in oil of Bob Maass and the Pastel Society Award of Distinction in 2015 for her pastel “Emerald Lake,” which went on to win Best in Show at the 2015 Josephine County Artists Association member show. President of the Josephine County Artists Association, Carla’s art hangs at Gallery One in Grants Pass, OR and at Rogue Gallery & Art Center in Medford, OR.
With these awards and many more to her credit, Carla finally decided it was time to get a professionally created website, and www.carlajgriffin.com was recently completed. She’s even thinking of starting a blog, though that may take some time due to her busy schedule. Please visit Carla J Griffin’s new listing at SOAR for more links and contact information.
The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is delighted to welcome Carla to the Visual Artists directory and looks forward to sharing many announcements of prestigious shows and awards to come in this very talented woman’s career!