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About the Artist

I have been passionate about art for as long as I can remember.

After college, I taught art in public schools but soon felt the need to concentrate on my painting obsession. I began studying classical portraiture at the Art Students League in NYC with great artists that included Ray Kinstler, Burton Silverman and Harvey Dinnerstein.

This led me to Provincetown where I became a sketch artist. For 10 summers, I painted five or six portraits a day in pastel, seven days a week. This intense training greatly enhanced my painting and communication skills.

I moved to Provincetown in 1975 and became close friends with Henry Hensche. During the winters I watched him paint his beautiful north light still lifes while enjoying long discussions about art and painting. His was the greatest influence on my painting, which now combines my classical background with the color of the Impressionists.

After becoming director of the Cape Cod School of Art I expanded the color principles of my predecessors by developing specific lessons designed to make the learning process easier and more understandable. These exercises became the foundation of my first book, Painting the Impressionist Landscape. Published by Watson-Guptill Publications in New York in 1994, it is still going strong in its third printing in softcover.

My second book, Painting Impressionist Color, is available at It explains how Impressionist color can be applied to any painting style, approach or medium. There are 12 demos that include painting in oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel, with examples by guest artists Unfortunately, the old barn that housed the school is closed, but there is a silver lining. Instead of inviting you to join me on Cape Cod, I have been traveling to bring the color theory to you.

Please take a look at my workshop schedule. I hope that we may meet and paint together someday soon.


Lois Griffel 520-207-4055 Email Lois