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Easton Artist’s Streak “My paintings manipulate reality to create a new reality,” he says. “I love to capture the beauty and spirit of the Eastern Shore ~ dialects of people, the way the wind runs up the water, the shapes of boats that are designed for specific purposes. There is no other place like it.” Griffin’s landscapes capture the distinctive light caused by the high humidity of Maryland summers. He says, “The light has to go through the haze and it sets up beautiful screens of atmosphere. I paint what I see in nature, capturing the emotion of the moment in a way that will move the viewer.” Creating beautiful art is Griffin’s profession and his passion. “Art is a vital part of humanity,” he says. “In every civilization there has always been art. People and cultures have a critical need to express themselves through their art.” Griffin has expressed himself in this way at Plein Air–Easton! since 2005. When asked about returning to the event after winning two awards in the first year, Griffin replied, “Return? I want to move here!” Soon after, attracted by a vibrant arts scene, rich culture, and profound brain trust, Griffin moved his home and studio to Easton. At that time, when he asked Plein Air–Easton! organizer Al Bond for thoughts on another artist coming to Easton, Bond replied simply,

Stephen J. Griff in talk s with Jessica Rogers and Andy Smith of the Avalon Foundation during the 2012 Collectors’ Preview Party. “More is more.” Griffin made the move and never looked back. He now exhibits his work at Grafton Galleries on Dover Street in downtown Easton. Griffin says one of the best aspects of Plein Air–Easton! is the opportunity to meet artists from across the United States and around the world. “As I travel to various events, I find myself bumping into the same painters. I’ve had people from as far away as Hawaii say they envy my hometown. Everywhere I go, people talk about their admiration for Plein Air–Easton! and the communit y and organizers who make it so successful. “It is very exciting to be part of the biggest plein air competition in the world, an event that is at the forefront of the modern plein air movement. I want to stress how proud and fortunate I am to be involved for all nine years. The event is extremely well organized, and the 54

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