This series represents a new direction for me in that I have moved from my usual hot wax pallet to a cold wax and oil one. These paintings are a more spontaneous and less structured approach than my previous works. I love the freedom of working in this medium and it’s opened more options for me.
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. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a prestigious Boit Award from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and The Thames & Hudson Book Award from The Berman Museum of Art in Collegetown, PA. In his article “An Elegant Ensemble of Encaustic”, Yankee Magazine Online, Edgar Allen Beem reviewed a group show at the Saco Museum in Saco, ME, entitled “Heat Stroke”. He wrote, “My favorite piece in the show was by Jeanne Griffin of Holliston, MA…..” The show was juried by Katherine French, former Director of the Danforth Museum in Framingham and consisted of 77 artworks by 25 New England artists.
In addition, her works have been exhibited locally and nationally in other galleries and museums throughout the U.S. including the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, MA, the Duxbury Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA, the Longmont Museum in Longmont, Colorado, the Mesa Museum of Contemporary Art in Mesa, Arizona and, most recently, the Saco Museum in Saco, Maine. Her art is 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 for twenty years and served as its Co-Director for two. For pleasure, she and her husband are travel “addicts” and are primarily drawn to countries of the third world. Over the last 40 years they have visited all seven continents and over 90 countries.