Pictured: Artwork by Jan Griggs.
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The Flow of Energy


Shea Stanfield

“Flow is the nature of energy; flow is another name for life.” Banani Ray, Awakening Inner Guru.

To be in the presence of local artist Jan Griggs’ paintings is an experience of calm centering, experiencing the human spirit’s vast capacities; it’s obvious that painting is her passion! 

In Jan’s words, “My work is a collection of places, feelings of color, light and dark, movement and stillness that I translate into nonrepresentational abstracts.” 

Jan’s bold, strong, colors create a tension and light, with the movement and speed of her brush strokes.  This action creates a plausible energy on the canvas surface.  Jan considers a successful work to be one that forms a connection, evokes emotion and forms an impact that stays with the viewer of the work.

Jan grew up in Spokane, Wash., and her parents were enormously supportive of her creativity.  She remembers, from the earliest age, playing the “scribble game” for hours with her father.  They would take turns placing a scribble on a sheet of blank drawing paper.  The challenge, for the other, was to create an object out of that scribble.  Fascinating early training for “considering images out of the box,” and identifying the possibilities in the simplest, to the most complex lines.  As a result, Jan grew-up taking every art class that was available to her.  She completed a three-year professional degree program from Spokane Community College in graphic design. 

Jan went to work with advertising agencies, a magazine, as a wildlife illustrator for a company that served the Alaskan cruise tourists, and with her trained eye for design a home staging expert.   After 20 years in the design business she and her husband moved from Bellevue, Wash., to Arizona, “in search of the sun.”

Today, Jan paints in her home studio, in the Scottsdale area.  Jan is represented by Steve McKibben Gallery in Laguna Beach, Calif. (www.mckibbenstudios.com) and participates in the annual Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour each November. She is presently participating in the 28th Annual Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale (www.celebrateart.com). Celebration is open daily from now until March 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 7800 N. Hayden, just south of the Loop 101. 

To view Jan Griggs’ work for purchase, contact her for commissions, or to keep up with her event schedule visit her website at www.jangriggsfineart.com.

Contact Arts Columnist, Shea Stanfield, on flowingquill@yahoo.com.