About Me

Carol G Griffin

The Influence of Nature

Nature has always been the overarching theme and the passion that drives Carol’s work.  As a figurative sculptor, her focus is direct carving, and her mediums are natural stones and woods, such as alabaster, marble, limestone, soapstone, and fruit, nut, and exotic woods.


A direct carver who works without the use of a model, Carol’s pieces are uniquely derived from her own personal vision. She says:

I much prefer the subtractive nature of carving stone and wood, as opposed to additive types of sculpture, because I enjoy the challenges that carving presents. Discovering an unexpected fissure in the stone or knot in the wood can force me to modify my course. Once I’ve made the decision to cut material away, I know that that decision cannot be reversed, and I must make the best figure I can with the material that remains. Ironically, I find this constraint to be liberating, as it keeps me moving forward. Thus, each sculpture is the physical embodiment of all my decisions since I began the piece, a true expression of everything behind those decisions — my heart, feelings, and imagination.

Carol C Griffin

Fueling Her Work

Carol creates her still lifes from the same love of nature that fuels her sculptural work. She is inspired by irregularly shaped fruits, vegetables, and gourds, and prominently features them in her still life drawings. 

Through her carvings and still lifes, Carol’s work celebrates the beauty of nature in all its diversity.

Closeup of Hands Carving

Abstract Figurative Sculpture

In Carol’s abstract figurative art, many of the figures are recognizably human, though carved through the filter of her own interpretation.

Carol Griffin carving

Wood Carvings

A defining feature of her wood carvings is the integration of the grain of the wood with the flow of the forms of her pieces.

"Still Life with Overripe Artichoke"

Still Life Drawings

Carol often imagines her subjects as dancing, something she finds easy to do given the quirkiness of their shapes.  She uses pastel, conte, and colored pencils to create these drawings.