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MAREN GRISWOLD

By growing up in a creatively supportive family, expressing myself through art seems natural to me.  In 1995 I moved to Bozeman, MT to study fine art at Montana State University with an emphasis on painting. After graduating with my BA, I took a course at the “Vesterheim” a Norwegian-American Museum in Iowa to study traditional Norwegian folk art called Rosemaling.  While at the Vesterheim, I discovered Acanthus carving taught by the great Hans Sandom, and came back the next year to take the course, cementing my new passion in woodcarving.  This prompted me to work at Big Sky Carvers where I spent my time carving all the fish, as well as many of the birds. I then moved on to Rocky Mountain Furniture in Bozeman where I manned the lathe, and did cabinet work.  After starting a family and stepping away from carving for a short while, I set up a shop in my home to continue to my passion of doing wood and metal work, among other things.