Creates for a Cause

Justin GaffreyDestin Charity Wine Auction 2014, photo credit Kay Phelan

This lot benefits: Food for Thought Outreach 

Our friends at Food for Thought Outreach have been fighting child hunger in Okaloosa and Walton counties since 2010 and will soon reach 3,000 children served with the support received from Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. Food for Thought Outreach is a charity that is near and dear to artist Justin Gaffrey’s heart, and he is excited to create another stunning original piece in support of their groundbreaking work.  

A longtime resident of Walton County, Justin Gaffrey has enjoyed a variety of successful careers prior to turning to art in 2001. Indeed, it was as a renowned chef and restaurant owner that Justin first expressed his creative drive. The love he felt for the act of creating was what ultimately drove him from the daily grind of the restaurant business to the purely creative life of the visual artist.

Beginning with primitive “folk art” style works Justin soon moved to a much more textured, classically impressionistic style. He credits a viewing of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” as the epiphany that sent him searching for a medium and technique that would allow him to achieve the deeply textured, multi-dimensional work he crafts today. 

Today he produces works of breathtaking beauty and complexity using only a palette knife and pure, acrylic paints (no fillers are used). His technique might best be described as “sculpting with paint.” While the subject matter varies, his works are all reflections of the beauty he finds in the natural world that surrounds him daily along Highway 30-A. 

His work is now widely collected and graces venues throughout the United States. You can follow Justin’s artistic journey, both past and present, by viewing the galleries on and in person at his gallery in Blue Mountain Beach, Florida. 

This lot includes:

  • Justin has selected an original piece that is near and dear to his heart to auction on stage during the Live Auction. In addition, witness Justin Gaffrey create an additional piece just for you LIVE under the tent during Saturday’s Reserve Tasting & Walkabout! 

Donated by: Justin Gaffrey