Blame it all on my roots, I showed up in boots….
goes a line in a Garth Brooks song. I guess the same could be said about me.
I’m Amanda Griffey- 6th generation farm girl, married to a 3rd generation farmer, raising the 4th/7th generation.
Growing up, I did a lot of typical farm/rural kid stuff, but I also loved to draw. I was an active 4-H and FFA member; showing horses, dairy cattle, and also exhibited my artwork. I even planned to go on to college to become an Agriculture Education teacher.
But as life would have it, my grandfather sustained an injury during a horseback riding accident that left him laid up for months my sophomore year of college. I had decided to go to a local branch college to be able to help on the family farm before hopefully transferring to Purdue University to finish my degree. But between my grandfather’s accident that left my grandmother, uncle, and I caring for the family dairy, and finding out some of my credits would not transfer, I made the decision to switch majors to stay on the farm.
Thankfully, the college I was attending (Indiana University East) had an art program, although not a full art degree. I had taken several art classes in high school and really enjoyed it. But I never thought I would become a professional artist. I figured I would end up doing something in agriculture, or in the equine industry, since training and showing quarter and paint horses was my other passion.
I did end up working in the horse industry for many years, but after my oldest son was born and I had major back surgery, I found myself unable to ride or help much on the farm. I picked up my pencils just to pass the time. With the encouragement of my husband, I decided to pursue my art more seriously.
Now my work has been juried into several shows, (RAM 2014-2016, 2019, An Equine Jubilee 2015) been published (CP Hidden Treasure Volumes 3 & 4), and I have even had a solo show (Cope Environmental Center, Feb 2018).
I continue to capture this farm life I am so passionate about and am very blessed that God has given me the ability and vision to capture it with the accuracy and detail that only comes from living and loving it.
Some of my favorite things:
- A good cup of coffee
- Good horses
- Old pick up trucks
- Ball caps
- Volunteering at my church
- 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 (seriously they are hilarious)