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.
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.