ABOUT THE ARTIST
Rene Griffith Contemporary Painter and Photographer
The third of eight children, Rene Griffith, was born in Central America to a Panamanian mother and an American father. Rene grew up in Eau Gallie, a small coastal town in central Florida. As a child she drew and colored in the white margins of the local newspaper as the family couldn't afford to buy “brand new white paper” or other art supplies. Rene always knew she wanted to be an artist and had an unstoppable curiosity about the world around her. At the age of 12 she received her first Brownie camera as a Christmas present and began staging and photographing scenes to tell her stories. In 6th grade she sold her first painting (a watercolor of a pelican) for $5 and her dream of becoming an artist was reinforced.
But life got in the way and creating art was put on hold; she married, had 3 children and moved around the country and abroad with a military husband. Some years later, divorced and a single mom, Rene worked full time and went back to college evenings. Always in pursuit of living a creative life, she worked as a faux finisher, a graphic designer, and a marketing and technical writer. Read Rene's CV.
Largely self-taught, in the late 1990's while living in San Francisco, Rene began creating Impressionistic imagery using a vintage 1972 Polaroid SX70 camera. When Polaroid discontinued producing SX70 film and digital cameras became available, Rene began shooting digitally. Her current work brings together her photographs with her love of painting. To read more about Rene's art by Florida Today writer, Maria Sonnenberg, click here.
In addition to her digital photography and mixed-media paintings, Rene began stretching herself even further artistically in 2012 by painting abstracts on large canvases. She's especially interested in color and design elements and continues to be inspired by artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Diebenkorn, Gerhard Richter, and Wayne Thiebaud.
Rene travels whenever possible, always with camera in hand looking for and photographing subjects that have character and a story to tell. She has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions in California and Florida. Her artwork is included in numerous private and corporate collections worldwide.