About the Artist:
Wade Griffin is a born-and-raised New Orleans artist, in every sense of the word.
The son of a carpenter, he learned the trade of woodworking as a child - a skill he now uses in the framing of his artworks. He is also a musician-songwriter, with his love of music and New Orleans woven into everything he creates.
Wade is a survivor. He grew up and continues to reside in Central City - one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in New Orleans - with his wife and young daughter. Yes, he says he sees the crime, the drugs, and the prostitution, but chooses to see the brighter attributes - the resilient people, the family, and the roots that run far deeper than any criminal vein.
Sadly, Wade lost his home in Katrina. But what the storm swept away, he rebuilt with his own hands, literally - every shutter, every baseboard, and every wall inside and out. Once he had renovated his home home, he began renovating others. Though, instead of discarding the remnants, he saved them as he recognized the link they represented between New Orleans's past and its rebirth.
It is the scraps of the storm that he builds his paintings' frames from.
Wade's first love will always be music. Music is what defined his youth and how he made his living as an adult. However, when robbers broke into the Griffins' home and looted his studio of instrument and piece of equipment, his daughter inspired him to do something he hadn't done in years: painting.
If music is Wade's first love, painting is his enduring love. And so, with brush in hand and canvas in reach, Wade started painting what made him happy: New Orleans's music scenes and cityscapes. At first, the images decorated only his house; now Wade's art is proudly displayed in homes and restaurants locally, nationally, and internationally.
Wade's hope is that you too will be inspired by his colorful images framed in tangible hope.