Art Attack - Jennie Griffith
With a Vintage/Modern aesthetic, dawgheads are a new and unique viewing experience. Both a sculpture and a painting, Artist Jennie Griffith has brought together two of her strongest passions - dogs and art. The founding of dawghead.com stemmed form Jennie's desire to shift her career towards creating work that honors the value that companion animals bring to our daily lives. Somewhat inspired by vintage signage, Jennie wanted to create a very different approach to pet portraiture with a somewhat three-dimensional effect. Her portraits provide true comfort to her customers - especially those who have experienced the loss of a beloved companion pet. It is best expressed by one of her clients who, upon seeing his dog's portrait, exclaimed "It's the next best thing to her being here with me!" This is Jennie's goal in every dawghead that she creates. Portraits come ready-to-hang and are constructed to float an inch or so off the wall. This feature, combined with Jennie's attention to capturing a true likeness in her portraits, reinforces the dimensional quality and life-like presence of the pet. Whether it be a celebration/memorialization of a much loved pet, a dawghead is a wonderful testament to and an acknowledgement of our four-footed family members. Satisfaction is guaranteed. A percentage of every dawghead sale is donated towards rescue work. dawghead.com is operated out of Jennie's renovated barn in Hanover, MA.
For over thirty years, Jennie Griffith has worked as a professional freelance artist. She has been formally trained and has executed her skills working in many creative fields as both an artist and educator. An accomplished painter and illustrator, she has been called upon for her precise drawing and color matching skills for much of her career. Jennie has worked as an independent contractor for many creative clients such as Hasbro, The Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, Learningsmith as well as area publishing houses. She taught both adults and children for many years at both The DeCordova Museum and the New England School of Art and Design/Suffolk University. Additionally, Jennie had a successful Faux painting business for over ten years, serving both private clients and to the trade. Her fine art has been exhibited in galleries, reviewed in newspapers and featured in magazines.
Jennie's interest, connection and love of animals came at a very early age - resulting in an ongoing menagerie of animals in need. She began training her first dog, an Irish Setter, at age twelve and was soon hired to assist neighbors with their rescue dogs. Jennie has a teenage son and two rescue dogs that bring much amusement, fun and love to their lives. Both her pups, Pixie and Rocket, have been featured separately on stubbydog.org.