Cover Artist: Johnnie Griner
Johnnie Griner, 44, is a Walterboro, South Carolina, native and currently lives in Early Branch, South Carolina. In his teens he acknowledged his love for drawing and painting and has been creating since that time. He supported himself in the landscape business, but his first love has always rested in the arts. He now focuses fulltime on painting, and his passion has only grown.
Griner first exhibited as a professional artist when he came to The Red Piano Too Art Gallery in St. Helena Island, South Carolina, in the summer of 2007 and went on to win second place in the “Emerging Artists Exhibition” at Penn Center during the 2007 Heritage Days Celebration. Art is Briner’s passion, and he has a strong sense of place, evident in his memory paintings of Lowcountry life. He hopes everyone will enjoy his pieces as much as he has enjoyed the journey in creating them.
To see more of Griner’s work locally, visit Gray Man Gallery in Pawleys Island, located in Downtown Pawleys, or call 843-237-2578. The artist’s website is www.jgrinerfolkart.com.