Artist S.J. Grogan

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The Artist Says:

Every successful painting should have that indefinable 'something'; a quality that makes the viewer look twice, then ponder the image in wonderment. When it happens, when that elusive gets caught in paint, magic happens.


First, The Facts: Native Southern Californian, born in Los Angeles and grew up in the southeastern L.A./northern Orange county areas. Attended a local college and majored in Art. After college: got married and moved to the High Desert, western edge of the Mojave Desert. In mid-2019 moved further into the desert, namely, Northern Arizona and the eastern edge of Mojave, north of Kingman, Arizona and immediately west of the Grand Canyon.
Second, The Art: Started drawing as a child because the artist was completely, totally, irrevocably, horse-crazy. And up until age fifteen, could not have a horse, so she filled her life with paper horses. (She is still horse-crazy, though she doesn't have horses.) Began painting in oils as a pre-teen, at which point, she discovered the lushness of color and the deep, buttery richness of oil paint on canvas. Dry pastels came later to open up a more fantastical realm of her psyche (like she even thought that was possible). Grogan also started working in acrylics and focusing on abstracts and delighting in the play and splash of pure color, to take a break from oils and representation works.
Third, Honors: Charter member of Western Academy of Women Artists (WAWA); featured in “Art of the West” Magazine, “Western Horseman” Magazine, “Art Prints” Magazine, and “Art Talk” Magazine, among others. Original entry “Canyon Beauty” was a national, Top Ten Finalist in the Trail of Painted Ponies competition, 2007; “Canyon Beauty” is featured in the “Trail of Painted Ponies, "Anniversary Edition” book, and also in “Ride the Sky” book, both published by the Trail of Painted Ponies (Carefree, Arizona). Completed a 9’x 24’ mural for Lucerne Valley Lions Club, Lions’ Pride Park, Lucerne Valley, CA.
Fourth, Current Projects: Active member of the ACW (Artists Community of Whittier); exterior painting projects to assist a not-for-profit shooting [...]

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