The basalt cliffs on the Columbia River form free-standing columns that stand side-by-side. There is one spot where I return year after year. I’ve known this place of palisades rock since childhood. Man and weather have etched pictoglyphs in the red stones. Ever since one quiet summer day when I was stunned by the sudden rush of wings as a flock of desert birds flew through a crack in the wall of basalt columns I have been exploring that theme in painting. The explosion of wings, transparent and silent, fracturing the light and the stillness with movement is unforgettable.
Northwest artist and graphic design instructor, taught at Burnley School of Professional Art & Art Institute of Seattle from 1960 - 2010. His work was shown in many Northwest galleries throughout his career.
"I've know many painters in the Northwest who can cover surfaces with great skill. Fred Griffin's images are thought-provoking, causing the viewer to really study the picture."
~ Jess Cauthorn, AWS, artist and co-founder of the Burnley School of Professional Art