Anne Griffiths is a Vancouver and Salt Spring Island-based painter who’s work primarily explores the natural environment of the southern British Columbia coast including the Gulf Islands and Howe Sound. She paints her subjects with expressive precision using colour as a tool to invoke mood. Her painting has revolved around the interactions between nature and our species’ impact on the planet and our personal journeys to find serenity and solace from our modern, connected and ever-more overwhelming world. Through a series of island paintings and abstracted natural settings her most recent work asks the viewer to consider both their interactions with and relationships with their changing habitats.
Over the previous five years Anne has sold over 50 paintings, including sales to private collectors in the United Kingdom and France, completed several large commissions, held three private shows, participated in several group shows and is currently represented by the Duthie Gallery on Salt Spring Island.
Prior to pursuing painting full-time, Anne enjoyed a successful 20-year career as a commercial graphic designer and art director working at both the national and international level. In that role she shared her creative vision through a wide range of mediums including brand development, print, advertising, space planning and large-format installations and film and video projects. Through her work-related travels throughout Canada and the United States, Africa and the United Kingdom she has collaborated with many artists, architects, photographers, writers, musicians and directors. Her desire to be more involved with the physical making of art led her to move from the commercial side of design and art direction to working as a painter.
Anne obtained her arts education from Vancouver’s Emily Carr University and the IDEA Program at Capilano University.