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Yesterday the Fall 2018 issue of VoiceCatcher, a literary/art journal, came out and my collages are featured in it! It seems strange that for many years I imagined submitting short stories or poetry to a journal like this, and now it’s my visual art that is published. Dreams can be fulfilled in ways we don’t expect.

Zoe is one of the three pieces they chose.

Riis Griffen, Zoe, mixed media on 5×5″ paper

Little Characters

Here are a few of the collages I’ve been working on for the Little Things show at Guardino Gallery, which runs from November 23 through the end of December. All of the work has to be under 7″, so these are on 6×6″ cradled panels.

Riis Griffen, Camille, collage on cradled panel

Riis Griffen, Yukio, collage on cradled panel

Riis Griffen, Mai, collage on cradled panel

Coming up in October

I’m proud to announce that two of my paintings were juried into Beaverton Arts Mix! I really enjoyed visiting the show last year and seeing the breadth of work, so it’s exciting that my work will hang in it this year.

Here is one of the pieces that will be in the show, which runs October 5-8 at the Beaverton City Library.

“Living on Hope,” mixed media painting by Riis Griffen.

Lake Oswego Festival

Lisa Griffen, "No More Candy." Mixed media on 16x20" canvas.

Lisa Griffen, “No More Candy.” Mixed media on 16×20″ canvas.

I finished this painting on Thursday and dropped it off yesterday, along with 5 others, for the 53rd Annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts that takes place next weekend (June 24-26). This is my first time doing the Open Show at the festival. I’m excited about entering my paintings in such a big show that gets over 20,000 visitors. Standing in the long line to drop off art, I was looking at the beautiful florals and landscapes around me and thinking my art would definitely stand out–hopefully in a good way.

When I got home, one of the show volunteers had written me to say that he was glad to see my work there and that photos online don’t do my paintings justice. That made my night!

Rumpelstiltskin is my name

What a fun, energetic reception! The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale show opened tonight at the Portland’5 Center for the Arts, where it will be on view until the end of May. I’m honored to be included in this show, especially now that I’ve seen the other art. So many fascinating and beautiful interpretations of these stories, including some of the lesser-known tales. It’s worth a look so if you’re in the area, stop in and check it out!

"Rumpelstiltskin," by Lisa Griffen. Mixed media outsider art painting on 20x16" canvas. Currently available at Portland'5 Center for the Arts.

“Rumpelstiltskin,” by Lisa Griffen. Mixed media outsider art painting on 20×16″ canvas. Currently available at Portland’5 Center for the Arts.


Lisa Griffen, Humphrey, mixed media on 8x8" wood.

Lisa Griffen, Humphrey, mixed media on 8×8″ wood.

This is one of my paintings that sold at the Big 500 show at People’s Art in Portland. The show ran from mid-December to mid-January and eight of my ten paintings sold. I heard from several artist friends who had similar results, so it seems like it was a very successful show this year!

Old Soul

Lisa Griffen, Old Soul, mixed media on 8x8" wood.

Lisa Griffen, Old Soul, mixed media on 8×8″ wood.

This is the fourth of my ten paintings for the Big 500 show at Peoples Art in Portland. There was about half a day when I considered painting over the figure that was emerging in this painting but I kept going with it and I love the way it turned out.

Sunday was the deadline so my paintings are all turned in. This is my third year doing this show and it now feels like an annual tradition: get the Big 500 paintings done and then the holiday season really starts!