Griffin Gallery NW is an artist-owned and operated gallery representing works by Puget Sound artists.
The artists produce artwork in many medias, including, but not limited too, oil, acrylic, watercolors, pencil and charcoal, etchings, wood, metal and sculptures. Photography and other digital mediums are prominently represented as well.
The mission of Griffin Gallery NW is to provide a space where surprise meets the sublime, using color, tone, vibrance and texture to bring the two together. We support and encourage the creative freedom of our artists by providing an open framework in which their art can breathe and thrive.
We represent and promote the work of our artists through our gallery, website, workshops and social media. We support our community by striving to create a welcoming place of enlightenment, enjoyment and escape.
I work as a painter and a ceramic artist, moving from one to the other, ideas often in harmony with each other. My work is a response to the sometimes-ordinary things, or places in the natural world. Color, texture and form are primary elements in the work as I tease out the concept and context.
I graduated from Western Washington University in the summer of 1973, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts and immediately seized the opportunity to open my own retail art studio, DeTray’s Art of Imagination, in the Spokane Flour Mill for Spokane’s Expo ’74 Worlds Fair. I produced and sold exclusively my etchings and intaglio prints in that location.
I see my artwork as falling under the genre of magical realism. They contain bits and pieces of real-life imagery which I put together in a fantastical/magical way. The work here is represented by four dominant forces that were influential in their development: the traveler, the collector, the observer, and the sage.
Washington State artist Marie Wise has spent a lifetime immersing herself in the art of being a painter. Her background in the fine arts, travels to art museums across the world, along with a lifetime of self-study has given her the ability to express her ideas, vision and poetic messages through the medium of oil paint.