Griffin brings Lowcountry inspiration to Bay Street

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Photo above: Michael Griffin painting on the beaches of the Lowcountry.

Michael Griffin is a native and resident of Nashville, TN where he produces landscape oil paintings from his home state and from his travels to the American West and South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

Charleston HarborAfter graduating from Wake Forest University as a Presidential Scholar in Art, Michael Griffin departed for the expansive scenery of Jackson Hole, WY where he would live, paint extensively outdoors, and take workshops under renowned landscape painters Scott Christensen, Matt Smith, and Ralph Oberg.

Michael’s return to his home in the South after spending time out West evoked childhood memories of annual summer vacations spent in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, and he now makes regular visits to paint from life and reconnect with this rich coastal region.

Michael has had numerous works juried into national art competitions including Arts for the Parks, the Breckenridge Fine Arts National Show, and the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild National Show. In the September 2009 issue of Southwest Art, Michael and his artwork were featured in their annual 21 Under 31, and his painting “Smoky Mountain Bales” received the honor of being chosen for the cover. In addition to being widely collected in private homes and businesses, Michael’s paintings hang in the permanent art collections of Montgomery Bell Academy and Wake Forest University.

Please join Michael at Thibault Gallery on Bay Street, Beaufort, for First Friday after Five on October 2 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. to see his original oil paintings. Michael will discuss his work and process and answer any questions you may have.