I’m Amanda Griffey,
artist, farmwife, farmHer, mother, and homeschool mom.
My husband Thomas and I farm with his family on our mutli-family, multi-generational, diversified farming operation in east central Indiana. We raise beef cattle, corn, soybeans, hay, and also operate a feed and farm supply store.
While this life can be both physically and emotionally demanding, we both grew up farming and knew this is the way we wanted to raise our family. This lifestyle has so many everyday blessings-blessings that inspire me to capture them in my art.
The scenery, values, and traditions of farm and rural life are something that only those of us raised or living this lifestyle truly understand. I strive to capture this lifestyle in an accurate, authentic way, while highlighting why farm and ranch life is a beautiful, wonderful, life.
My artist journey…
I was born a 6th generation farm kid on both sides of my family. I guess you could say my family tree is firmly rooted in farming.
However when my dads family farm succumbed to the agriculture financial collapse of the 1980’s, it left my dad looking for off farm work, eventually moving us several hundred miles away from everything that I had known and loved. Without the farm, my only solace was my other favorite thing, art.
A short time later, my parents divorced and my mom moved me and my sister back to her family’s farm. I was once again back to the farm life I loved, and I vowed I would never leave the farm again. However I continued my art practice as well, taking art classes in high school and afterwards, aquiring a BS Degree in General studies with a concentration in Fine Art from Indiana University-East.
Today, my art captures this lifestyle that I love. I am truly blessed to live connected to creation, the Creator, family, and community.
Some of my favorite things:
- A good cup of coffee
- Good horses
- Old pick up trucks
- Ball caps
- Operating farm equipment
- Hanging out with my boys
- Quiet mornings at the barn
- Working with my hands
- Hanging out with friends
- Camping with my hubby and kiddos
- Watching my chickens (seroisuly they are hilarous)