This week’s featured Artist of the Week is the renown Carol Grigg, who is famous for her stylized horses and native american art.
Carol Grigg grew up and still lives in Oregon. Grigg draws inspiration from her Cherokee Indian heritage, nature, and primitive art. She works in multiple media: watercolor, oil, inks, lithography, collage, clay, music, and poetry.
She is best known for desert-colored pastels depicting her signature Native American rider and horse, which symbolize Mother Earth.
Self taught, although her parents gave her much encouragement and the freedom to create and follow the example of her mother, who was also an artist, Carol may have inherited her distinctive technique through ages past. Ageless in itself, her work is a culmination of artistic genius, innate talent, and the warmth created by her beliefs that flow naturally into her work.
Carol keeps her painting techniques secret, “I discovered my own methods beacause I was uneducated and unindoctrinated and so I experimented. Anyone can do it. You have to get down on the floor with all kinds of material, throw them, mix them in every configuration until you understand what you’ve got and what you like.”
Carol is world renown and her originals go for over $2,000.00. You can pick up a signed limited edition in the $400-800.00 range. Her unsigned limited edition prints are very affordable, in the $30-50.00 range. Her images in the form of posters, limited editions, giclees, and of course originals have gained international recognition.
Carol Grigg has also written and illustrated a book for children, “The Singing Snowbear .” In it she explores the power of music to transform ordinary experiences in the lives of a polar bear and a beluga whale. The illustrations are created in ethereal watercolor washes and yet are so powerful that the viewer is quite impressed with the strength and magnificence of her images. It is a fabulous book for grownups as well as children.
Her current original works are on display at the Attic Gallery in Portland,Oregon.