Hazel Griffiths is originally from the Shropshire and Herefordshire areas in the UK and now works out of her studio in South Florida. Hazel has been painting for over 8 years now, working in a variety of media including oil, encaustic wax and metal leaf. As her work evolved, she started on a series of figurative pieces in oil. Much of Hazel’s work is a profound exploration of spirituality and consciousness: her subjects seem to be caught in a state or a process of transcendence, metamorphosis or transition between the physical and the spiritual. Or in a state of an awakening, they dissolve in fragments of gold or in a beam of light as if transitioning to another plane of existence. Subjects are immersed or rendered in the medium of a dream or memory: the dissolution between the physical realm and the imagination, She is heavily influenced by both the textures and forms from the natural world and the mysticism and spirituality inherent within it; returning to the earth and our original place of spirit. “I create fairytales and visionary lands, elements of my own emotions and dreamscapes: my inner self.
Hazel has exhibited at Gallery 212, Lemon City Studios, and a solo show in the Cafeina in Miami in 2016. In 2014 she also took part in the h.Art festival in Herefordshire, England. She has shown for Miami art week, private viewings hosted by Farfalle, club Eleven, Lemon City Studios and Gallery 212, the first art show hosted at the Jewish museum for Basel week and a showcase for bottle designs for Viejo Indecente mescal by local artisans. At the beginning of 2017 she showed at Continuum, a juried Art show as part of art palm beach and two group shows at House of Art gallery, Ft Lauderdale.
She has also taken up live painting and now incorporates live painting into her own events to give spectators insight into her techniques and unique mixed media process involving encaustic wax, powdered pigments and acrylic on glass and mirrors to wood panel. “When painting live, I try to keep it simple but entertaining, using techniques that bring out instant results as the wax melts together with the pigment and dries as it touches the surface, producing flowing patterns and nebulous swirls of color”.
Hazel has lived in a Ibiza, New York city, Upstate NY and West Palm Beach where she currently lives with her cat, Oreo. Her travels have taken her to almost every state Mexico, Iceland, Colombia, Spain and other places around Europe. The influence of these beautiful and often exotic lands are still evident in her work today. She has a background in fashion design, earning a degree from the university of South Wales after completing a foundation course in art & design at Hereford college of art. She is currently studying classical oil painting at Chiaroscuro school of art, Miami and has studied live figure and plain air painting with the late Dennis Aufiery at the Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach.
Hazel is also currently learning the art of silver-smithing to be able to translate some of her ideas and concepts into unique wearable art.