Grant Haffner, sky is not always blue

Do you remember as a kid trying to paint sky in red? Perhaps in green color?

What else? Your parents, or the teachers correcting you: please, remember, pay attention sky is blue.

We are sure that after reading this post, you will never correct your kids when they paint a colorful sky.


Born in 1978, Grant Haffner has been a resident of Long Island’s East End for most of his life.

His images are inspired by and reflect the country roads, flat landscapes and surrounding water that he takes in as he travels the area in his pickup truck.

His signature motif of utility poles with power lines creates an original sense of movement and depth to his distinctive compositions.

Art, at its simplest, is a form of communication and means whatever it is intended to mean by the artist.

I don’t think that art can be objectively good or bad, it all depends on your own subjective interpretation and connection to the piece.

Haffner’s moody acrylic paintings reflect his adoration for the area. His compositions are rendered with a bold and sometimes neon color palette, which is cleverly balanced to depict the speed and rhythm of the rural roadways.


The slightly exaggerated poles and power-lines are primary to these compositions as they are utilized to create the depth of field and perspective. Haffner is committed to exploring these horizons, which appear to extend as far as the eye can see, with no end or beginning.

Grant Haffner sees every passing mile of country road as a potential painting, often pulling over onto the shoulder to record the more striking scenes with his camera. The east end of Long Island continues to be an incredible muse for his contemporary landscapes. However, Grant still dreams of one day driving his beat up truck on a cross country adventure, documenting his journey through paintings.

The East End of Long Island has been my home for most of my life. I spent many years exploring the trails through the woods, cruising the quiet country roads, and hanging out on the beaches. My childhood here, surrounded by nature and water, was an experience that I cherish. Now that I am older, I can see how the landscape is changing and am reminded that it will never be the same. Hopefully, my paintings will capture the memory of that landscape before it fades.

I definetly feel a connection to Grant Haffner painting. I think this is awesome. And you? A friend of mine said that this is like Edward Hopper on LSD. It made me laugh!

Show this colorful paintings to your kids,  then go outside. Look for a country road near your home.  Ask your kids to record the landscape in their minds. Come back to home and let their imagination runs.


Did you like it? Looking for more inspiration? You can follow Grant Haffner at his instagram account @granthaffner

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