Patricia Griffin

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"Love is the answer to every question"



Partricia is inspired by hard working artists, fresh air, weather, sunlight, animal sightings, and her desire to share her love for all of it. Her heart can be felt through her words, actions and in her art. 

“I love wildlife, I love the wilderness, I love to be inspired, I love to create. This love drives me to educate and contribute to conservation.”

 Patricia painting “Aurora” 96x60 - now at Gallery Wild

Patricia painting “Aurora” 96x60 - now at Gallery Wild

Growing up in North East Pennsylvania five minutes from the Delaware River, her Pop Pop would take her for walks in the woods and down to the river. There they would sit for hours waiting for animals to appear. Her experiences with bears, bobcats, coyotes, fisher cats, foxes, raccoons, opossums, porcupines, raccoons, owls, eagles, grouse, woodcock and numerous other birds became the subjects of her art work starting at age 4. She followed her artistic passion and talent from a young age through school, receiving a Bachelors of Fine Art from Moore College of Art and Design. 

“The wild places were my comfort zone then as now. To share a sacred moment with the viewer is my way of showing the respect and honor of my subject.”

Patricia's head and heart are truly geared towards protecting wild things and wild places and inspiring others through her art to do the same. Currently she is participating in a International traveling exhibit (UK-NYC) called “Sketch for Survival” to raise funds for conservation. She donates 10% of her income to conservation efforts including contributing to her local wildlife by supporting the Pocono Wildlife and Education and Rehabilitation Center. She is also honored to be among some of the big names in wildlife art as a Signature Member of Artist For Conservation, Vancouver,  BC.  The group is dedicated to bringing awareness to conservation with art, education, and funds. 

“The chance sighting of an animal gives me a charge that I then translate through paint.”

Patricia is engaged with wildlife in more ways than art and supportive funding and for more than the charismatic megafauna that are often her subjects. She owns and maintains a Brick Church near her home that houses one of the largest documented North Eastern summer nurseries for the Brown Bat.  Here upwards of 300 females give birth and raise their young each year. Patricia welcomes students from Penn State University and East Stroudsburg University to come and study the colony. 

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Patricia’s Artistic Process

Before Patricia travels, where she often finds her inspiration, she removes all the completed work from a 30' x 40' area in her studio and fills the walls with blank canvases. While she is on the road photographing her subjects, she begins to mentally fill the canvases hanging on the wall back home with her experiences.

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“There are times when the moment I see the animal in the frame the image sears into memory and the piece begins to develop.When I return to the studio I begin to paint.”

While traveling she takes thousands of photographs and plain air paints. She has painted like this since she was 19 and is always humbled by the experience, regardless of many years spent in the field brush in hand. Plain air painting is an amazing way to capture the subtleties of atmosphere and space. Setting up her easel outside to paint whats in front of her is a good way to, as Patricia puts it, “get my ass kicked by the beauty of my surroundings.”  

When she has returned from her travels she will edit the photographs she took and review them again and again. To start a new image she will pull specific ones into a folder and review them until one clicks in her mind. Then she will sketch and play with composition. Using a red or a blue she will sketch the image on a canvas and start to block it in. After this process she lets it sit for a bit so she can return with a fresh eye to see where she may need to tweak it. She puts considerable time and thought into the subject's placement on the canvas because the negative space plays a critical role to the piece's success. 

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“As I paint I question my color- darker lighter cooler warmer.  I have studied color for 30 years and take pleasure out of the vibrations that are created by color placement.”

Patricia has her pallet table on rollers as well as her paint cart so she can work on multiple images at a time; sometimes 7 days a week for 8-14 hours a day and she loves every minute of it! She rises early with a cup of coffee and gets to get studio as quick as possible and locks herself into her creative space. Starting by working relentlessly on the animal's proportions and composition, once she is satisfied she will paint without reserve to bring life to the painting. 

“I view each piece as a self portrait.  It is what I see with my eyes, process in my mind, and create with my time that transfers an experience into painting. It is a self portrait of the viewer as well.  It is in their eyes, their mind that they experience the painting.  Every day bringing something new.”

When you add a Patricia Griffin painting to your collection, you can be certain it is her best work. Uniquely, Patricia gets a panel of people together to review her work. Pieces that are found to be substandard are burned to free her from failures, rejuvenate her artistic spirit, and keep only the best for collectors.

Patricia's work has been features in museums across the country. She has won numerous awards for her work and is an active member of many art associations. 

Click here to visit her Artist’s Page or come see us at Gallery Wild!

Her Schedule this Fall: 

October 30 - November 6, Goldenstein Gallery,  Sedona, AZ, Artist in Residence 

November 2 - 28, Goldenstein Gallery,  Sedona, AZ, “Women in Art”  

November 1 - 30, Brickworks Gallery Atlanta, GA. “Flora and Fauna”

November 1-4, Conde Nast Luxury Travel Fair, London Olympia, Sketch for Survival 

November 7-8, Walcot Chapel Gallery, Walcot Gate, Bath, Sketch for Survival

November 14, The Explorers Club, New York, USA, Sketch for Survival

November 15-17, Salmagundi Club, New York, USA, Sketch for Survival

November 15-18,  Plantation Wildlife Art Festival, Gathersburg, GA, Invitational Exhibiti

November 23-25, Crypt Gallery, Cathedral Close, Norwich

 “Curt” Oil on Linen 20x20

“Curt” Oil on Linen 20x20

Rip & Alison Caswell

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“It is folly to think that we can destroy one species and ecosystem after another and not affect humanity. When we save species, we’re actually saving ourselves.” –Joel Sartore


Rip and Alison Caswell’s inspiration comes from spending time with wildlife. They will sometimes travel across the globe to witness animals in their natural surroundings. Research like this allows them to get a sense of the unique mannerisms, personalities and subtleties of the wildlife they represent in their art. Their love of wildlife and the stories of their expeditions into the wild is captured in their bronze sculptures. Each sculpture they create tells a piece of the animals story that the Caswells learned in their time getting to observing it.

Both Rip and Alison have created artwork their entire lives, and sculpture cast in bronze is a mutual passion. Combined they have over 30 years creating monumental public artwork and wildlife sculptures. They hope that their artwork will evoke admiration and love for the wildlife, and that viewers will feel inspired to protect the animals with which we share the planet with. 

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“When we take action to protect wildlife, we help to revitalize the bond between mankind and the natural world that surrounds us.”

The Caswells built their artistic foundation in the taxidermy industry, creating fiberglass mounts that have become the industry's standards for anatomy reference and forms. This began their process of familiarizing with wildlife, observing animals in nature and obtaining real-life reference, measurements and sketches. In 1991, their taxidermy forms won best in the nation at the National Taxidermists Association's Annual Competition. They have created similar forms for the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum, and other notable museums. Twenty five years ago they transitioned from taxidermy to fine art bronze sculpture. They have maintained a database of references taken from actual animals they had in hand from their taxidermy to guide the creation process and anatomical accuracy of their bronze sculptures. Since transitioning to fine art, they have created bronzes for a number of the nation's most influential donors of conservation causes.


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Rip & Alison’s Creative Process

Rip and Alison's Creative Process

Each piece starts with references they have complied including illustrations and photographs of the animals from all different angles. 

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“We use photographs taken from a distance to capture the silhouette of the animal, and then we take up-close photos to capture subtle features to incorporate textures and small details into the sculpture.”

Circumference and linear measurements from the animal are taken and labeled on their illustrations to define the anatomical markers they follow when creating the sculpture in clay. Notes taken in the field describing unique mannerisms and notable features are referenced and incorporated into the piece. The details of the animal's movement, gesture, gaze and pose brings it to life. 

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“It is important to witness the presence of the animals in person so we can transfer their same presence into sculpted artwork.”

The initial gesture gesture of the animal is created in a natural oil-based clay. Scaled down reference measurements are taken using calipers to make sure the anatomical proportions are accurate on a smaller level. Each sculpture requires approximately two hundred hours in the studio perfecting the clay piece from start to finish. Then the process of casting it in bronze begins. 

The process to take a sculpture from clay to bronze is called Lost Wax casting. Rip and Alison own a casting facility called Firebird Bronze Foundry and employ 15 artists who are individually specialized in different aspects of the casting process. It typically takes 12-16 weeks to cast a sculpture in bronze, depending on the complexity of the sculpture. The Lost Wax method of casting has been used for over 6,000 years and still remains the single best way to create artwork in bronze. 

Awards

2016 United States Naval Order, Honorary Member

2014 Audubon Society, Featured Artist Recognition

2008 High Desert Museum, Artist Awarded Permanent Display

Click here to visit their artist page and view their collection or come visit us at Gallery Wild!

 “Crossing Over” Available in 10x9x4 or 21x24x8

“Crossing Over” Available in 10x9x4 or 21x24x8

Bridgette Meinhold

 Photo: Claire Wiley

Photo: Claire Wiley




"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day."

~EB White

Bridgette finds her inspiration by walking in the woods, being outside in inclement weather, watching fog roll off mountains, and seeing the light play on the landscape. The unique landscapes she creates in her pieces capture memories of wild spaces in beeswax to preserve the feeling of being outdoors and connecting with nature. Her art brings the connection with the outside in. The depth she creates with the layers in her work evokes the calm serene feeling of the mountains in the morning or following a storm. 

 Photo: JP Gendron

Photo: JP Gendron



“By showcasing beautiful places, we draw attention to lands we love and by loving them, we can inspire others to protect them.” 



Bridgette lives a unique lifestyle with her husband, Matt in an A-Frame cabin outside of Park City. Her studio is built into a shipping container and Matt builds all of her frames. 

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Bridgette’s shipping container studio

“In the winter, we get too much snow, so we snowmobile home for 6 months of the year [including art!]. It's a fun lifestyle - in the winter, we backcountry ski right from the house, and in the summer, we mountain bike to world class trails from the house too”

Gallery Wild is proud to represent an artist who supports conservation of open spaces with the proceeds of her work. Bridgette's passion for and appreciation of wild spaces is felt through each of her pieces. She brings the landscape alive in her work by pulling from a combination of sketches, watercolor, photographs and memory. The layers and texture of the final piece is very unique and really shares her experience of the landscape with us.

Bridgette’s passion for the environment and inspiring others to protect open spaces didn't start with art, though being an artist was always a desire. She has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from SDSU and a Master's in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Stanford. Initially she worked as a sustainability consultant helping companies reduce their environmental impact. When the economy tanked and that work dried up, she began writing for websites and other publications focusing on green design, sustainable architecture and eco fashion. She also wrote a book during this time about sustainable architecture in the context of natural disasters. Though that work was in line with her education, during this time period she also followed her passion for art and began painting again. Thanks to a rafting trip on the Green River through Desolation Canyon, Utah, the time disconnecting with technology and reconnecting with nature gave Bridgette the clarity to determined she wanted to be an artists. You can read about this journey in her new self-published book Down Deso.

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Bridgette’s Process

Bridgette's process is very unique in that she uses encaustic paints. Encaustic painting uses heated wax mixed with pigments. It is an old medium, but has gained popularity in the last decade. Bridgette took a encaustic workshop in 2009 and fell in love with the look, feel and way it worked. She is largely self-taught and has developed her unique process and techniques.

 “End of Day” 20x20 Featured in Western Art Collector November ‘18

“End of Day” 20x20 Featured in Western Art Collector November ‘18

Each piece is painted on hard wood panels starting with a layer of gesso to prime the surface. To create a 3D landscape in a 2D space, Bridgette layers encaustic with milk paint. The beeswax is melted in electric skillets and applied using large 8 inch brushes. The layers not only create the look of depth in the landscape, but actually creates depth in the piece of work. The trees and mountains are painted with milk paint, and the color is rubbed into the wax using pigment sticks. As the wax cools, it hardens. Bridgette uses a torch and scraping tools to make each layer smooth. The piece is finished with a final layer of wax and nothing more. 

Click here to see Bridgette’s work or come visit us at Gallery Wild!

Watch a time-lapse of Bridgette working on a piece in her studio.

Meagan Blessing

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“We should remember in our dealings with animals that they are a sacred trust to us. They cannot speak for themselves.”

-Harriet Beecher Stowe

Meagan's inspiration comes from decades spent in the wilderness; where she grew up. Her parents were avid mountaineers, skiers, and outdoor adventurers that didn't change their lifestyle when Meagan came along. Growing up without a television and for a time without running water or electricity in a remote cabin, she spent her childhood camping in the snow, skiing, and exploring the outdoors. Every family vacation was some sort of epic adventure involving wild places and wildlife in various western states from Alaska to Colorado. Her dad had a ‘no trails’ rule that took the family hiking into the wilderness for a week or two at a time to cipher topographic maps and explore remote high country, trekking between difficult to reach mountain lakes. During these excursions, they almost never saw people, but encountered wildlife that was vibrant and diverse. 

“To me, these wild creatures made up the societal structure of the wilderness I was inhabiting at the time. Always one to have an active imagination, the animals that crossed my path seemed to take on an individuality of their own. Depicting these personalities and the secret lives of wild animals as I imagine them to be is a concept I love to explore in my work.”

Meagan's wilderness experience as a kid gave her a deep love for wild creatures and wild places that has lasted. She chooses to paint them in order to share their power, grace, and beauty with others who, perhaps don’t have the opportunity to explore the wilderness in quite the same way. Gallery Wild is proud to represent an artist who's passion for art is also conservation driven and in line with our mission to impassion others to help protect wildlife and wild places for future generations:

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“It is difficult for a person to be concerned about an issue they have no personal connection with. I endeavor to create a link between my subjects and those that view my work. Therein lies the magic of art; it can stir emotion in someone who has never had any personal interaction with a specific animal in its natural environment. This then garners an interest in the conservation and proper management of wild animals and their natural habitats.”

Meagan first began her involvement with the arts as a trained vocalist, pianist and professional musician. She began painting in 2002 with the encouragement of a friend who is a professional artist and recognized her aptitude for visual arts as well. 

“To my surprise, I loved the whole process of painting. I started out in watercolors and within a year or so had shifted to oils because they are a more flexible medium and painting process. I still go to my watercolors for quick sketches or painting on the road as they are so easy to travel with.”

Her painting career has evolved through self directed study, workshops and mentorships. She has had the privilege of learning from artists like Chad Poppleton, Robert Moore, Whitney M. Hall, and John DeMott, among others. 

“I have also been blessed to mentor with dear friend and fellow artist Terry C. Hall for the past several years. Her consistent critiques and unwavering encouragement to continue to hone my own voice and style as it comes through on the canvas has been invaluable.”

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Meagan’s Paintings

Meagan’s wildlife subjects are brought to life by her first hand experiences and their settings are influenced by her favorite literary genres- nonfiction and fantasy. This pairing meets in her paintings in the form of a juxtaposition of these two components. An animal subject is rendered in a contemporary realist style and inhabits a fantastical environment where the elements are illustrative, often hinting at the story behind the image. 


Meagan is very particular about the pigments she uses. She selects only the highest quality professional grade paints so the color remains vibrant, is lightfast for centuries and mixes well without greying and losing its identity. She uses only non toxic mediums, preferring Chelsea Classical Studio Lavender mediums for most applications. If a dryer is needed she uses Gamsol for the underlying washes and walnut alkyd as a medium when applying thicker paint.


Meagan's work has won numerous awards locally and internationally. She is well known and featured in western art magazines and has won the honor of creating public art installations and art for the Ellensburg Rodeo. 


Awards:

2017 Poster Artist, 95th Annual Ellensburg Rodeo

2017 BoldBrush FASO Fav15, May & June

2016 Gallery First Choice, International Gallery Awards Mondial Art Academy International, Aimargues France

2016 Cover Artist, Official Ellensburg Rodeo Program

2016 People's Choice, Out West Art Show & Fine Art Connoisseur

2015 Public Art Installation, Downtown Billings Montana

2015 Ambassador for Montana, Mondial Art Academy International, Aimargues France

2015 Boldbrush FASO Fav15, May

2014 SIG Grant Award, Montana Arts Council

 “All American” 9 x 12 Featured in Western Art Collector, November 2018

“All American” 9 x 12 Featured in Western Art Collector, November 2018

Visit her artists page or come visit us at Gallery Wild to see her work! 

Join us for Gallery Wild's Grand Opening Celebration. Tonight from 5-8 pm.

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Tuesday September 4 – Gallery Wild Grand Opening Party

Be our guests to experience Jackson Hole's newest fine art gallery! Founded by contemporary wildlife artist Carrie Wild and wildlife photographer Jason Williams, Gallery Wild will highlight fine art and artists that celebrate wildlife, open spaces and conservation of the natural world. Gallery Wild hopes to use art to inspire, educate and delight collectors with all things wild.

Enjoy appetizers by Gather, desserts by Atelier Ortega and Wild West Bakery, cocktails by Jackson Hole Stillworks and a selection of wine and beer. Meet some of Gallery Wild's artists including the gallery's namesake painter, Carrie Wild, photographer Jason Williams, sculptors Rip and Alison Caswell and painter Meagan Abra Blessing. Great art, great people and some tasty treats will help celebrate Jackson Hole's newest fine art gallery!  

5-8pm | Gallery Wild | 40 South Glenwood | GalleryWild.com

 

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Gallery Wild celebrates the release of the newest Jackson Hole Scout Guide!

We are proud to be partners with the Jackson Hole Scout Guide this year! Not only are we featured in the newest edition but we also hosted the official launch party of volume 5! The party was a great success with excellent food provided by Bistro Catering, wonderful deserts by Wild West Bakery, great music performed live by PTO and fun decorations spearheaded by Jill at Styling the New West. Of course there were also plenty of Jackson Hole Scout Guides to go around, wine and beer and tons of jelly beans!!
 

 Everyone dug right into the new scout guide to see the great design and features on premier Jackson Hole businesses. 

Everyone dug right into the new scout guide to see the great design and features on premier Jackson Hole businesses. 

 A fun night celebrating the newest volume of the Jackson Hole Scout Guide brought locals and visitors alike into the doors to enjoy art, music, food and of course a great 2018 edition! 

A fun night celebrating the newest volume of the Jackson Hole Scout Guide brought locals and visitors alike into the doors to enjoy art, music, food and of course a great 2018 edition! 

 There is something about combining great art and great food! The treats provided by Wild West Bakery were fantastic and definitely highlighted by the colorful works by Bregelle Whitworth Davis. 

There is something about combining great art and great food! The treats provided by Wild West Bakery were fantastic and definitely highlighted by the colorful works by Bregelle Whitworth Davis. 

 PTO killed it playing a variety of great music. We wish they would just hang out and play in the gallery all the time. 

PTO killed it playing a variety of great music. We wish they would just hang out and play in the gallery all the time.