As a child I was fortunate to have the freedom to explore and discover my own environment and see nature through my own eyes. There was pollution and dereliction in the northern coal town where I lived but having that freedom to roam gave me the opportunity to go beyond their boundaries and gaze upon the magic and wonder of the natural world. In my teens I took great delight in helping to restore and create habitat out of this barren land and this in turn laid the foundation of my life long desire to paint wildlife in its environment and to share my passion with others. I hope that viewing my work you can share some of the emotions that created the painting and take a fresh look at the world around us.
Inspiration can come at any time, a brief glimpse when driving in the car or an image recalled from a distant memory. This is then worked out in thought before making it to the rough sketch stage then occasionally to a full painting or to resurface again in the future. A quiet moment sitting on the cliffs edge and take the creative process to many directions.
Where I live and its role
After many years living around the coast of the uk from the Highlands of Scotland to the downs of the isle of Wight circumstances brought my family and I to the Lizard peninsular where I finally fulfilled my lifelong ambition to become a full time artist. I am fortunate to be able to walk along the cliffs of the Lizard peninsula on a daily basis or the gentle creeks of the Helford River. Sometimes I venture further afield to the lush valleys and high moors of Dartmoor or the north coast to watch breeding Peregrine falcons.
Prominent exhibitions, societies, awards
Although entering competitions and juried exhibitions can a bit of a trial I feel it has help me focus on what works and what doesn’t but that isn’t to say I don’t try new things, on the contrary, if I don’t get accepted I will try something different next time.
Before I was full time I was elected a member of the Yorkshire and British watercolour society and with them I exhibited in many places including Poland, Westminster hall and Whitby art gallery with solo and joint exhibitions with my father in numerous galleries and venues across the country including Richmond, Yorkshire and Richmond, Surrey.
Recent exhibitions have included the Wildfowl and wetland trust at Slimbridge and exhibitions with the Marwell international wildlife art society (MIWAS), the largest wildlife art exhibition in Europe. One of my paintings was selected for the brochure cover in 2011. Society of Wildlife artists (SWLA), Mall galleries and the Artist for conservation society based in Canada.
"A promising wildlife artist."
Sir Peter Scott (conservationist,
author and artist) commenting in 1971 on Griff's first paintings.
"The feather details is excellent."
Ian Wallace (Ornithologist, artist and author) after a critique in 1984.
"The paintings are great - thanks for the support."
Professor David Bellamy (conservationist and botanist) after supporting the Bellamy awards I
"These images are breathtaking. Marvellous! an excellent artist."
Paul Montag (editor), Wildlife art magazine.
"Amazing work, often photographically lifelike, yet capturing a sense of place and atmosphere that is rare to impossible for a photograph."
Mike Parr, co author (Parrots of the world), conservationist and ornithologist
Creftow, 6 Church St,
UK TR13 8TG
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|Grey Wagtail & Kingfisher|
|Black headed Gull|
|Pink footed geese|
|Ascending the falls|
|Across the falls|
|Company of parrots|
|African Grey study|
|Travel Sketches 2|
|Travel Sketches 3|
|Travel Sketches 4|