This post was most recently updated on November 3rd, 2020
Travel is looking a lot different in 2020. Instead of planning our next trip, we’re more likely to be scrolling through Instagram pictures. We’re either looking at beautiful locations or reminiscing about places we’ve already been. Sometimes our memories are enough to transport us. But often, it is the pictures that stir our desire to be transported. I think we all need some of that travel inspiration, especially right now. That’s why I’m excited to introduce you to the artist Grant Pecoff. Keep reading because there’s a surprise giveaway at the end of the post!
Meeting Grant Pecoff
I first met Grant a few years ago at a chalk art festival in Carlsbad, CA. His booth was one of many featuring local art, but his paintings really stood out for me. This was the painting that totally captured my attention:
I immediately felt drawn into the painting. Doesn’t it seem like Grant has created a magic window into this beautiful rainforest? It was as if I was standing right there looking at that light pouring over the ancient forest. I loved the light, the vibrant colors, and the movement. It probably got awkward as I stood staring at it a little too long.
I’m sure I walked past his booth several times that day. Purchasing a painting was not an option for me that day, but I did purchase a children’s book for my grandchildren. The book featured Grant’s paintings and his wife’s lyrical writings, and Grant was happy to sign it for me.
Getting to know the artist
I figure everyone has a story behind what they choose to do in life, and Grant Pecoff is no different. Grant started drawing when he was three or four with his sister’s set of markers. He loved that there were so many colors. By age 10, he had begun painting as well. But it wasn’t until high school that Grant received any formal painting instruction. There he was also introduced to the great masters. He started painting because it was a way to communicate his feelings. It was a way for him to express the inspiration he received from his surroundings.
Grant traveled to Europe and North Africa with his backpack and paints for several months, during which he got engaged and married to his wife, Layne. When he returned to San Diego, he opened his first gallery and sold all the paintings from his trip.
Grant and his wife also spent two years traveling by boat through the islands of The Bahamas. With his studio at the back of the boat, he could paint outdoors with the gorgeous water and sky surrounding him — and feel one with nature.
Why I like Grant Pecoff’s art:
Something I personally love about Grant’s work is that he sees color even when the skies are gray or nature is muted. As a travel photographer, I prefer to take photos when the sun is out and colors are the richest. I often wish I could use a “color filter” to add color if the skies are gray and overcast. Grant can do that with his paintings — here’s an example from his blog:
He says, “This painting was inspired by my travels to Paris in 2005, specifically the historic and artistic district of Montmartre. I roamed the city’s streets thinking about the many masters who had painted and got their start there…inspiration around every corner! I painted the trees blue in the spirit of the Fauves. The bright wild color of that art movement inspired me to paint the leaves orange and the cobblestones a vivid aqua-green. I remember it being an overcast day, but it didn’t matter, color can be felt, even on a gray day!”
On a similar note, I asked Grant what he does when he experiences “artist’s slump” — difficulty feeling motivated or knowing what to paint.
He answered, “Oh yeah, “artist’s slump.” It’s only natural really. Even creativity has cycles. What I usually do when I feel this way, is look to that which inspires me. I go out into nature and connect with that which is bigger than myself. I also presence my Gratitude for things in my life, or for the trees, birds, being able to breathe, the water, planet, etc. Listen to uplifting inspiring soul-enriching music. The biggest thing for me is to connect with spirit. I usually then am able to pull some kind of inspiration out of all of that.”
The artist Grant Pecoff and I share a dream
That dream is to travel the world. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why Grant’s art is so appealing to me. We have been to many of the same places. His interpretation of those locations often reflects the memories and feelings I have about each place. Places like Santorini, Paris, Venice, Pisa, New York City, San Francisco, Hawaii, Belize, and Cinque Terre.
The vibrancy and richness of Grant’s art represents the beauty and emotion I have experienced as well. His joyful and whimsical, even animated painting style reaches down to the depths of what I feel when I travel. Perhaps it will do the same same for you…
Receive a postcard from the artist Grant Pecoff
Did you know you can receive regular virtual postcards from Pecoff.com? I found an option to receive virtual “postcards” from around the world, via email. I’ve been receiving these colorful postcards for awhile now, and I really enjoy them. In fact, you can sign up for them, too, at this link. Perhaps you’ve already guessed this from the name of my blog, but I have a thing for postcards.
And a Giveaway Prize!
(Giveaway has ended: Winner is Donna Clifford –Congrats!)
Grant Pecoff has generously offered a prize, awarded via random drawing to be held after this giveaway ends (midnight on Monday, October 26, 2020 PDT). The prize is two books, Live Your Dream and Open Your Heart, featuring Grant’s art and his wife’s lyrical writing ($36 value), as well as a set of six San Diego-themed postcards you can send to your friends and family ($9 value).
Terms: Must be 18+ years to enter. Address for shipping prize must be in the United States or Canada. Giveaway ends at midnight Monday October 26, 2020 PDT, and winner will be chosen by random drawing from all entries received. You must respond to your email within 48 hours after winning to provide mailing address, or another winner will be chosen.
All you have to do to enter is comment below. If you’d like to earn extra entries, follow us on Instagram at @pecoffart and @postcardsandpassports for one entry each. Include your Instagram account name in the comments, so we can verify your following.
If you miss entering the giveaway, you might also like to know that Pecoff.com offers boxed sets of notecards featuring Grant’s beautiful artwork. You can purchase them on his website.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this introduction to the artist Grant Pecoff and his work!
Remember to sign up for virtual postcards!