The first lesson I learned while a student at the Museum School was that in creating art there are no rules. Throughout the years, this is a concept that I almost always adhere to. My husband and I are avid world travelers and usually visit very remote areas— off the typical tourist path. Our travels play a major role in our lives and, to date, we have visited over 80 countries outside of the U.S. and all seven continents.
We usually spend at least a month in each country and, by the end of each trip, we feel a real connection to the country and the people we’ve visited. Although I almost never draw or paint while on vacation, I do take many pictures—for future reference. Each trip provides me with a wealth of knowledge and ideas which, in one way or another, eventually become incorporated into my art. I consider myself to be a deep thinker but a spontaneous painter. An idea may permeate in my mind for months before I begin a series. The finished piece seldom resembles my original idea/concept and although I am aware of the origin, I leave it to the observer to interpret my work and reach their own conclusions.
Jeanne Griffin earned her BFA from Tufts University and a diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She is a Signature Member of the National Collage Society and a founding member of New England Wax (NEW), a professional group of artists who work in encaustic. Jeanne is the recipient of numerous awards including a prestigious Boit Award from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and The Thames & Hudson Book Award from the Berman Museum of Art in Collegetown, PA. Her works have been exhibited locally and nationally in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. including the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, MA, the Duxbury Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA, the Saco Art Museum in Saco, ME, the Longmont Museum in Longmont, Colorado and the Mesa Museum of Contemporary Art in Mesa, Arizona. She is also represented in several publications including “Collage in All Dimensions”, by Gretchen Bierbaum and Petrina Gardner. Before relocating to Maine, Jeanne was a member of the Kingston Gallery in Boston for twenty years and served as its Co-Director for two of those years. She is presently represented by the Whitney Galleries in Wells, Maine.