Painting creates a part of my future. Each stroke did not exist one second prior to that point in time, as it builds a passage to a mystery. As I invent this future realm, I am reaching into a past well beyond my known life and into a genetic history that I did not experience. The lives of those I did not know run in my blood and affect what I do every day.
So I stand in the present, with one arm in an unknown past and one arm in an unknown future, creating an unknown now to be viewed by everyone else in the same situation.
To me, art does one of two things. It makes the real unreal, as in a portrait, landscape, or a still life translated to a picture plane. Or, it makes the unreal real, as in abstraction or surrealism brought to life for the first time.
Ann McGriffin graduated summa cum laude, with a B.F.A. in Woodworking & Furniture Design, from Indiana University's Herron School of Art & Design, although her passion has evolved into painting. As a university student, she was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, and a regular on the Dean's List.
Her work has been displayed in juried exhibitions in Florence Italy, Toronto, throughout the Midwest, Atlanta, GA., and is in private collections in the U.S., Australia, Egypt, Brazil, Indonesia, and Mexico.