Today we’d like to introduce you to Madison Griffin.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Madison. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Growing up, I had always been a sensitive child who was deeply interested in nature. I enjoyed being alone while exploring my own yard for interesting plants and creatures. This gave me a strong drive to pursue a career in science, I thought I was going to grow up to be a marine biologist or an astronaut. High school science was difficult for me so these dreams of becoming a well-respected scientist were disappearing. Instead, I spent my time doodling in classes and slowly building my art skills. I continued with art classes in community college and developed a passion for illustration. For purely self-indulgent reasons, I began creating work that I thought was interesting and wanted to live this creative lifestyle. I worked my way to the best illustration program in the country, Art Center College of Design.
I was introduced to the world of design by extremely talented and driven people. My motivation began to diminish because I didn’t have the same drive that my peers and mentors did, I didn’t have the same reason to create. I had to look beyond what I thought looked “cool” and create for a reason bigger than myself. While looking for this reason, I reconnected with my love for nature and animals, then became deeply sad when I saw what was happening to the Earth. My new motivation was to use my skills for climate change and animal activism. My new illustration work is centered around nature, animals, and science while continually promoting the welfare of our planet’s health.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not always been a smooth road and I continually struggle with these issues. For a while, my mental health became a constant issue in my life, so much that I wasn’t able to create art anymore. I thought I was beginning to hate art but I was really just focusing so strongly on my anger that I couldn’t access that creative part of myself anymore. When I was able to get past my anger and begin treating my mental health, it was when creating art became a joy in my life again.
Please tell us more about your art.
My illustrations have a very graphic and whimsical nature to them. I focus my illustrations on topics of nature, animals, plants, and space. I continually try to promote climate change awareness through my work and in my personal life. I try to bring empathy into my work and am establishing empathy as a core fundamental to my design brand. I think what sets me apart from others is my drive to continually strive for the betterment of others through creativity and kindness. It is difficult fighting for something that is not truly understood or recognized as a tremendous threat. I want to bring that awareness into other people’s lives while still bringing in the joy and creativity of art.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My family has always been tremendously supportive of my efforts and career. They have adopted new sustainable habits to support my values but now they are recognizing the benefits of their actions. Their recognition of my efforts to fight against climate change gives me the motivation to bring more awareness to other people’s lives. Growing up isn’t always a straight arrow, it’s hard to know what are the right and wrong choices. Just being willing to make a mistake is a terrifying lesson to learn but my parents have helped me realize that there will always be more opportunities to make the right choices.
- Website: madgriffin.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @madgriffindesign