Steve Griggs

CENTENNIAL, CO
JOINED: November, 2022

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“I like to think of my paintings as a love letter to the people, places, and moments that make up the human experience.”

I’ve always been a dreamer, a romantic, and an artist. I’ve been told more than once that I have my ‘head in the clouds.’ I admit that is true. I see the world differently. Maybe that is why I like watercolor so much. It is fluid and free and has a hard time playing by the rules. I had a traditional art education but I just couldn’t seem to follow the rules either. I kept asking, “What if I did this?” Or, “What if I changed that?” Early on I developed a loose style of watercolor painting and over time it has evolved to a very loose style. I like to start a story with my paintings but then, I want the person looking at them to find their own story and finish what I started. That is how I connect with the collector, by creating a story telling relationship. I want to do more than paint a pretty picture. I want to create art that connects us thoughts, memories, feelings, and beauty.

Examples of My Work

Poetry

I’m a fan of poetry, especially Mary Oliver.

Gadgets

I love quirky gadgets that are probably more novel than useful.

Cooking

 I make what is arguably the best homemade popcorn in the world.

Fashion

 I have several brightly colored Chuck Taylor sneakers that I wear with everything.

Pets

I always have at least four cats living in my house.

How do you come up with titles for your pieces?

Sometimes we have ‘Painting Naming Parties’ where we invite a group of friends over for some adult beverages and appetizers and we put paintings on an easel. Everyone writes their name suggestion on a slip of paper and puts it in a container. I read each suggestion aloud and then everyone votes on the best one.

What other non-artist jobs have you had?

I’ve worked as a shoe salesman, book store clerk, dock worker, flower shop sweeper, and grocery store produce stocker.

What do you wish you could tell your younger artist self?

This is what you are supposed to do so just do it! Don’t listen to the voices that say you can’t make a living as an artist. Face your fear and just dive in. You were meant to be an artist.
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