Roy Grinnell, CA
Echo of the Plain
Artist: Roy Grinnell, CADescription: Oil | Image Size: 12”h x 8”w; Frame Size: 20”h x 16”w
Born in Santa Barbara, California, Roy Grinnell joined the U.S. Navy shortly after graduating from high school. After his tour of duty, which included a stint on Guam, he attended the Art Center College of Design. After his training there, he pursued a career as a commercial illustrator in New York. His art career has followed several different directions. Originally known primarily as a painter of western subjects, he shifted focus to aviation subjects and chronicled aerial combat from World World I through the Vietnam War. Throughout his career his work covered a wide variety of subjects such as historical western scenes, paintings of American Indians, depictions of wildlife and nature, and aviation subjects. His work can be found in several museums including The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington.
This small oil painting of a mounted Plains Indian Warrior carrying a shield and lance is shown galloping toward the viewer with a background composed of a broad expanse of sky that is tinged with the pink rays of the setting sun at the horizon line. It is a well done small study that is historically accurate.