By Miranda Holson
Special To The Standard
High School free spirit Griffin Boswell is finally approaching graduation and after working diligently in his final classes, he is now beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Taking almost all of the offered art courses offered at Woodstock Union High School (WUHS), he had unknowingly prepared himself well for an artful future. What started as a passtime, became a way of expression and truth through passion. Next year Griffin will immerse himself in art at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) on a full scholarship.
“Last summer when I visited I had a really strong sense that I would I love it there, all the people seemed so creative and interesting to me, I thought that it was a perfect match and that I would fit into the community, so I applied early decision,” said Boswell.
At RISD he will be focusing on apparel design, while exploring photography and digital art as well as many other offered courses. He has plans to graduate with a Bachelor in Fine Arts and move to the city. Although he is still undecided about which city, Boswell hopes to be working with art all his life. If not as a career, his dream is to continue his passion in any way that he can.
“My focus at RISD will be in fashion but not in a traditional or a commercial sense, I am interested in representing architecture for the body as clothing. I was truly inspired after seeing the Alexander McQueen show; Making Artwork Something You Can Wear,” Boswell explains.
He credits a lot of his growth to relationships and his family’s presence and support throughout his life. He was also influenced greatly by Mrs. Piccoli, his favorite teacher, Boswell had Mrs. Piccoli as a teacher for her final two years and greatly admires all her help on a daily basis he encounters in the school library where she now works.
When Boswell is not creating art, he is always on the move. As a member of the cross country team, the three-time state championship Nordic ski team, and the track team, Boswell continually runs toward success. As a champion hurdler, he knows how to jump over any obstacles in his way.
In addition to overcoming his own obstacles, he helps smooth the path for others as a peer counselor at WUHS.
Boswell believes that it’s important to connect with yourself and know what you want so that you can achieve it. “Don’t feel like you have to fit yourself into an image that’s provided because you will be happiest if you know something that you personally love to do and you can independently pursue.”
This article first appeared in the June 14, 2012 edition of the Vermont Standard.