Man made and natural wonders collide!
Most of my inspiration stems from how landscapes integrate with urban settings. I find great interest in how sturdy man-made structures coexist with organic forms of nature. Alleys, freeway bridges, on-and-off ramps, shabby buildings, construction sites and subjects that don’t get a lot of attention are of particular interest to me. Things that evoke a bygone era, things that have a sense of history because it’s been around for a while. I get a good charge out of depicting the nooks and crannies of ignored subjects that don’t get a second look from the public. Through use of color and paint application I hope to convey to the viewer that these places deserve another look. I like to go where concrete, wood, and steel meet nature.
Danny received his BA in Theatrical Scene Design and Scenic Art at the University of Northern Colorado. With over 20 years’ experience in the theater as a Charge Scenic Artist, he’s helped many Designers and Directors realize their vision by implementing a variety of painted and sculpted elements for hundreds of productions. Many of the shows he has worked on have even graced Broadway stages.
His art work has led him to a life of plein air (outdoor painting on site) and studio landscapes. Though he paints most anything in front of him, Griego finds true inspiration in cityscape and urban themes; where metal, wood and concrete meet nature.
Griego has won awards at the Telluride Plein Air Festival, Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational, En Plein Air Texas, Paint San Clemente Plein Air Festival and the Randy Higbee Gallery. Online contest awards include the Bold Brush Art Competition and Art Muse Contest. He is an Artist Member in the California Art Club and his works have appeared in several California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibits. His paintings have also been featured in Southwest Art Magazine and Plein Air Magazine.