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R. Orlon Griffes
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Richard Griffes
Shelby Twp. , Michigan - United States
Acrylics - Other/Misc.

I enjoy fishing and practice "catch and release" fishing. I do not hunt. I can't bring my self to shoot animals. I would rather paint them.
I am an avid reader an read about 3 books a week. I also write poetry and am writing a book.
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Born and raised in Michigan, I have always enjoyed the rain and the hypnotic effect it has on me. The rhythmic sounds of rain seem to relax me and open my mind to thoughts of loved ones. It is this state of mind that inspired my poem “Lady in the Mist” and several other poems I have written.

I have had one other poem published. “Close Friends” was actually the first poem I had ever written. I am presently writing an autobiographical novel with a tentative title of “Men Don’t Cry”. It is actually a survival book based on my 24-year struggle with heart disease and diabetes.

When I was a child, I enjoyed drawing horses. I loved the animals so much, that I worked at a stable for free. After I graduated from high school, I served in the US Army, spending time in Europe during the “Berlin Crisis”. I developed my talents as a portrait artist during my time in the military. At Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, I worked fulltime as an artist for the Army.

After serving in the military, I settled in the Detroit area, working as a firefighter and later learned the art of cabinet-making and fine carpentry, becoming a journeyman cabinetmaker. My experience and expertise landed me a position as carpenter at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan (one of the largest office complex/hotel in the world, and eventually as the Architectural Department Supervisor.

Dessert - digital painting - $n/a

J.S. Valencia
2008-01-12 00:01:52
Very peaceful artwork, keep up the good work.Best wishes in 2008. J.S.Valencia
Ric Chedester
2007-12-11 18:31:42
Richard, Images floating in your mind. Catch and release. Poems. Writing a book. Truley a wide array of talent. Like it's said, "Use it or loose it". I'm a practicing "catch and release" person also. My talents are not as wide as yours but I'll try to catch up...Love your stuff. Ric
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