Lois Griffel's interest in art began at the age of five, when she entertained neighborhood children with her drawings and paintings. Griffel discovered early in her career that she enjoyed teaching. She attended Southern Connecticut State College and received a bachelor of science degree in education.
Later, while making her living as a portrait painter, she enrolled at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design in New York, where she studied with many outstanding artists, including Everett Raymond Kinstler and Harvey Dinerstein. Her introduction in the early 1970's to artist Henry Hensche, led to her in-depth study and practice of the impressionist theory of painting.
A Classical Impressionist, Ms. Griffel uses color to express light and form. She works "en plein-air" to capture the subtleties and luminous light effects of nature. She has also incorporated earlier influences of traditional painting with that of the Impressionists.
As director and an instructor at The Cape Cod School of Art, it gives Lois great joy to combine her love of teaching and painting, and to share them with her enthusiastic students. Ms. Griffel is dedicated to continuing the tradition started by Charles Hawthorne, Henry Hensche and the masters of Impressionist painting.
Ms. Griffel has published her first book, Painting the Impressionist Landscape. Widely acclaimed, it is in its second printing. It has also been translated in Chinese and Japanese. Lois has had a number of one-person exhibitions throughout New England, and has been included in invitational exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Washington, D. C. and Carmel, California.
"For Impressionists, color and light is the subject of our paintings. Painting is poetry. This is about being poetic. Some artists do it with words, we do it with paint." - Lois Griffel