Written by By Amy Oberlin email@example.com
Thursday, 28 January 2010 14:19
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A Garrett native’s art will be part of the largest wildlife art and nature event in the nation Feb. 12-14.
Steve Griffin of Beaufort, S.C., paints ducks and other nature scenes as well as woodcarving.
“A lot of my stuff I donate to Ducks Unlimited,” said Griffin. He estimated his work brought around $10,000 for DU last year.
This year’s entry to the art auction at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition will also be to the benefit of DU.
“I have helped Ducks Unlimited for eight or nine years now and it’s a great event for the sportsman and art collector alike,” said Griffin, a 1981 Garrett High School graduate and son of Maynard and Shirley Griffin of rural Garrett.
A member of a car and antique truck club in South Carolina, Griffin, also paints historic vehicles.
All his paintings, he said, are done on scrap wood instead of stretched canvases. Besides the environmental benefits from using discarded lumber, Griffin said, “I like the texture it adds to my painting.”
He also makes cypress and mahogany frames.
Some of Griffin’s work will be among that of more than 500 artists from around the world at the expo. In its 28th year, it is expected to draw more than 40,000 people.