Artist Biography

1863 - 1924

Conway Griffith was born in Springfield, Ohio on June 10, 1863. Raised in an artistic atmosphere, his desire to paint was fostered by sibling rivalry with his older brother, Armand. Having saved sufficient money, at age seventeen he went to New York City where he was a pupil of William Merritt Chase and Wayne Gifford. For several years Griffith studied and was on the faculty at the Cincinnati School of Design where he taught china painting. For health reasons, he was forced to seek a milder climate and came west in the 1890s. He lived on a cattle ranch in Denver and studied landscape painting there. After making trips to Mexico and California (1898), he moved permanently to southern California in 1904. Initially, he lived on Catalina Island and two years later moved to Laguna Beach where he remained until his death on April 28, 1924. Best known as a landscapist, he also painted marines. A perfectionist, his motto was, "Strive to improve each canvas, but never try to improve on nature. Nature is perfect." Member: Laguna Beach Art Ass'n. Exhibited: Steckel Gallery (Los Angeles), 1912. Works held: Orange County (CA) Museum.

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