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Q & A Feature: Equestrian Artist Paul Griffin

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The legendary thoroughbred “California Chrome.” Original painting by Paul Griffin

With bright color and bold brushstrokes, equestrian artist Paul Griffin brings to life his equine subjects and effortlessly captures the power, beauty, and unique characteristics of each one. His dynamic paintings convey a grace of movement and a captivating sense of drama. Along with custom horse portraits for owners and riders, Paul has painted many legendary racehorses, including California Chrome, Secretariat, and American Pharoah. We were excited to have the opportunity to find out more about his work and creative process in a recent interview. Read on below…

Q: Can you give us a brief intro to you and your artwork? How long have you been painting?

A: I am an artist located in Lititz, PA, and come from a family of artists. I have enjoyed painting animals, landscapes, portraits, wildlife and seascapes my entire life since grade school, and have exhibited my work in various shows throughout the tri-state area of NY, NJ and PA.

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“American Pharoah 3” – This 24 x 30 in painting by Griffin was very much liked by the world-famous horse’s trainer, Bob Baffert, and his jockey, Victor Espinoza – so much so that they both signed it in the lower left of the painting!

Q: Were you always paintings horses, and if not when did the equestrian influence begin?

A: My interest in equestrian art grew from attending polo games in the Hamptons and other locations, plus my friendship with various breeders and trainers further spurred my love of horses. This has been for about 10 years, but more intense focus has occurred over the last few years.

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Original painting of triple crown winner, “Secretariat” by Paul Griffin

Q: Can you tell us a little about your creative process?

A: I have a unique style of painting, using bright color and form to create images that are memorable and endearing, especially to the horse owner. Each horse of course has certain unique characteristics which identify it, and I endeavor to focus on those elements.  I only use the 3 primary colors (red, blue, yellow) on my pallet, plus white, to mix and create all my full range of colors, even the darkest shades.

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“American Pharoah 1” – Paul Griffin’s 48×60 in original painting of triple crown winner American Pharoah. Griffin states Pharoah is “a very photogenic horse, thus lending itself to great art!”

 Q: Can you share a little about your gallery barn?

A: The space I use for a gallery is a traditional bank barn, formerly used for cattle, hay and farming equipment. I now use the upper section as a gallery, to show my art to prospective buyers and collectors.

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Paul’s gallery barn where he displays his work to prospectives buyers and clients

Q: What are you working on at the moment?

A: I am working on a dramatic fairly large painting (48″×60″) of a horse in a field during a dynamic storm.

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“Spirit” original painting by Paul Griffin

Q: Anything extra you’d like to share that is unique about you or your art?

A: I thoroughly enjoy the craft of painting, and I hope that pleasure and joy is reflected through in the finished work.

I can be reached at paulisanartist@gmail.com, and at 409 Clay Rd. Lititz, PA 17543.

2 Comments on Q & A Feature: Equestrian Artist Paul Griffin

  1. Shirley Zwicker // April 22, 2017 at 5:52 pm // Reply

    Had to leave early as came with Milica hope to see you at Brandywine Polo
    Great paintings
    Shirley Zwicker

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