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Media: Oil Painting
As a child I drew horses constantly in class, when I should have been paying attention to the teacher. When I hit the self-conscious teens, I didn’t try again for about 40 years. When I started thinking about retiring, I started to spend time with some other Anderson Islanders drawing, and then I tried oil-painting. I was so excited that I could make a painting that actually looked like a pepper, even an artichoke! At that point, I thought I knew a lot. Now, after painting for about eight years, I realize I know very little. I’m still trying, though, and having more fun as I’m able to apply things I’ve been taught by some very generous teachers.
Still life in oil
One of my first paintings
Sean Griffin is a writer, photographer and amateur scientist who made Anderson Island his home beginning in 2013.
As a journalist, he was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His photography has been recognized by The Smithsonian. He is listed as co-author of 14 astronomical research papers in leading scientific journals – including one documenting the detection of the first particles from outside our solar system. On Jan. 15, 2003, while working for The Boeing Company, he became the first person in history to publish an article and photograph to a website from an airplane in flight.
He is the owner of Anderson Island Photography, and publishes an Anderson Island Calendar, as well as a large assortment of greeting cards, which are available at the Anderson Island General Store and the Johnson Farm Gift Shop. He is an acclaimed portrait and fashion photographer. His complete portfolio can be found on his pixels.com website, where photographs can be printed conventionally or on a variety of media, ranging from cell phone cases to shower curtains.
He offers free portrait sessions for anyone beginning a cancer or other mortality-related journey, and remembrance photographs for families whose newborns won’t be coming home from the hospital.
In 2015, Sean married Esther Stark, a gifted artist in her own right.
Studio: 10316 107th Ave Ct, Anderson Island, WA 98303 253-820-4846
It was not until adulthood that I realized life is best lived outside my comfort zone. My past four decades have consisted of raising four sons (now grown with children of their own), owning two restaurants, working as an executive secretary, and 26 years as a legal assistant. I’ve always held a passion for learning. After my sons were grown, I took classes in web design and established an online business. I became a Black Belt in Taekwondo martial arts. In 2015, I retired from my legal career when I married Sean Griffin and moved to Anderson Island. Retirement afforded me the opportunity to pursue additional desires: learning to play guitar and ukulele, and discovering the passion of my life, acrylic painting. “Moon over Mount Rainier” placed Third of People’s Choice at the 2017 Art in the Park, my collection of paintings placed First at both the 2017 and 2018 November Art Challenges, my “Blues Singer” graces the cover of the June 2019 Islander, the new arts journal for Anderson Island, and I hold a monthly “Paint with Esther” class.
I’m a designer by trade, and wildlife photographer by passion. A twelve-year resident of Anderson Island, I treasure this tiny oasis of towering trees and serene views that offers me a window into the secrets of nature – from majestic raptors on the hunt to baby birds exploring their new world, breaching orcas to curious raccoons. You’ll find my work at island art shows, for sale at the General Store, online, and I welcome custom orders by request. Come explore the magic of Puget Sound with me!
Photography Website: http://photos.belen.net
Flickr Feed: https://www.flickr.com/photos/szazszorszapathy/
Media: Oil Painting
I studied art during high school and college, graduating from Eastern Washington University with a degree in art, and art education. Eventually I returned to school earning a degree in nursing. Since retirement, I have focused on my art, teaching art classes on Anderson Island, and studying and taking classes to improve my skills. I work mainly in oils but also love pastels and watercolor. Currently I am exploring the composition and color with an emphasis on movement, energy and light. I am excited to share my vision with the artistic community on Anderson Island.
Address: 12728 Drayton Road, Anderson Island WA 98303
Cheryl Steffen – In 1999 I found Anderson Island while riding my bicycle in Steilacoom, hopped on the ferry and rode around and fell in love. The following year I purchased my home and have enjoyed the beauty and peace of this island ever since. My interest in photography was inspired because of my limited eyesight, macro photography expanded my world. I am drawn to intense colors, reflections and high contrast landscapes that highlight the beauty of nature. My goal is to retire from real estate in 2019 and dive into photography full-time and develop my passion.
A native of SoCal, I am now fortunate to spend much of my time on Anderson Island. I’m a graduate of Woodbury University. My background is in design. I was a decorative artist for interior designers, and a graphic designer and illustrator for the giftware and party goods industry. I have studied ceramics, printmaking, graphic design and animation but watercolor painting has long been my favorite medium for creating art. I enjoy painting the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, the weather changes quickly, skies become dramatic, sunsets explode with color, reflections in water quickly move from still to fluid abstract puddles of beauty. I am also attracted to still life images of fruits, vegetables and flowers, harvested from my garden, and drawn to objects in a natural setting that catch sunlight and cast deep shadows. I love incorporating people in my landscapes interacting with nature, often using my grandchildren as subjects.I am a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West.I have exhibited paintings in the Peninsula Art League’s annual Juried Open Art Exhibition since 2012, now held at the beautiful Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor.
Recent Awards: Best of Show 2019 Winter at the Farm Anderson Island
3rd Place 2018 Peninsula Art League Gig Harbor
1st Place 2018 Winter at the Farm Anderson Island