LOOK GOOD • DO GOOD • FEEL GOOD!!
Greetings from Florida!
I am pleased to present the artwork (original paintings and canvas prints) and designs (for apparel and gifts), in my dkgriffinart gallery & gift shop. As a graphic designer and fine artist, who has always wanted to have his own gallery and store with lots of cool things and happy customers, I'm excited to have an opportunity do so here.
My Mission = LOOK GOOD, DO GOOD, FEEL GOOD!
I feel good about the designs I create and I hope you do too. To paraphrase Martha Stewart - "feeling good is a good thing," and I, for one, intend to feel good about life more often.
Here's 3 ways you can feel good about supporting my mission.
1. LOOK GOOD. Looking good makes you feel good - and you'll feel great and look sharp in my snazzy apparel. My art looks good hanging on your walls. It's cool, it's rare, and that makes it collectible. Wanna look good to your friends and family? - send them a 18" x 24" Canvas Print as a gift. Tell them about the cool website you found (dkgriffinart.com) and about the new artist you discovered (David K. Griffin). Now all three of us look good. Awesome!
This 'gator is a detail from my Tropical Florida series of digital paintings. This alligator was originally created for the coloring book. The Big Cypress Swamp, where this 'gator lives, is a clear, clean water swamp. A happy place, not scary as depicted in many horror films.
2. DO GOOD. Tropical Florida's eco-system is unique - from the Big Cypress Swamp to the Apalachicola National Forest, endangered and recovering species, like the Manatee, Florida Panther and Ghost Orchid are the subjects of my work. I'm inspired to photograph, draw, design and paint these subjects. Nature inspires me. It's my hope that awareness = conservation.
3. FEEL GOOD. Coloring is fun and it relieves stress. My new Tropical Florida coloring book features sixteen floral and fauna illustrations. It's relaxing and it feels good to color and create.
Artist and graphic designer, David K. Griffin with "A Parrot in Paradise" painting.
A bit about me...
Venice, Florida has been my home since 2004. Although I'm originally from the east coast, I moved to Florida from Northern California, where I worked as Creative Director for a natural products company. The California company acquired a Vermont brand that I had as a client. From my design studio in Burlington, Vermont, I, along with my Griffin Design staff, created marketing materials and brand consulting for regional and national clients.
Entrance to downtown Venice, Florida. (photo: David K. Griffin)
Shark's beach front Tiki bar and the Venice Fishing Pier. (photo: David K. Griffin)
Early days in Burlington, Vermont
I moved to Burlington from Waitsfield, Vermont in 1980, to work as Art Director for the Previewer Magazine. An arts and entertainment guide, the Previewer featured local concerts on the cover of the magazine. Bob Marley was one of the featured artists who performed at the Patrick Gymnasium.
Bob Marley performed at the University of Vermont in 1981. I designed the cover of the Previewer Magazine (not pictured here) for the show and was seated front row, center for the concert.
The Ice House building and restaurant, on Burlington's waterfront, was the home of Griffin Graphics and my first design studio. Clients included the Ice House Restaurant, WEZF Radio and TV stations, Vermont Mozart Festival and IBM to name a few. I designed the news set for the TV station and directed and produced on-air commercials for radio and television.
Griffin Graphics sign circa 1980. The sign was displayed on the Ice Building where my first design studio was located. I designed the logo and hand-painted the sign board.