Corean painter Soo Cha Griffith lives in Knoxville, but her artist's spirit
lives in the picturesque villages and gardens of Italy and France. Griffith
paints and sketches a wide variety of subjects, but her favorites are old-
world towns, streest, coastal areas, open meadows, flower gardens and
people.Her favorite place to paint, she said, is around Lake Como in
northern Italy, Griffith said.
Her modern impressionist style makes use of vibrant colors of
sunflowers, poppies or the more subtle shades of ballet dancers or
sailboats at sunset, with an emphasis on subjects that evoke feelings of
harmony and serenity. She works mainly in oils and acrylics on canvas.
With encouragement from collectors, Griffith now also offers for sale
some of the pen-and-ink sketches or studies she has made in preparation
for major oil and acrylic paintings. A few of her most popular paintings
are available in limited edition Giclee prints.
Griffith was a college student, studying art at Auburn University, when
she met her husband, Karns native John Baxter Griffith, an officer in
the U.S. Army.
When they were transferred to New Mexico, she continued her studies
there and graduated from New Mexico State University with a
bachelor of arts degree. During the 1980s and 1990s, the Griffiths were
stationed in the Netherlands.She studied at the Pattien Art Academy
and traveled widely throughout France and Italy, often painting on
In 2000, Soo Cha Griffith returned to France to paint for six months.
She continues to travel to Europe about once a year.
Griffith is a former member of the Korea National Committee of The
International Fine Arts Association and takes much of her inspiration
from ancient Asian art forms, but prefers to paint European subjects in
A prolific painter, Griffith was represented by the Liz-Beth Gallery in
Bearden and West Knoxville for more than eight years. She recently
branched out on her own and opened Gallery Provence and the Soo
Cha Art Studio in The Orangery at 5412 Kingston Pike. She is also the
resident artist at Tea at the Gallery in Western Plaza, 4501 Kingston
Pike. Griffith said she works every day, but prefers to paint in the
mornings at her studio inside The Orangery, where a skylight has been
installed to maximize the natural light.
Griffith's paintings have received multiple awards and are included in
many private, corporate and gallery collections.