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Hey, I’m Des Grain. I’m a visual artist working in the Washington, D.C. area.


Peace and perspective is my only intent

I’m very appreciative of those who’ve followed me on this journey

If not, welcome

I’m Des

I’d consider myself to be an extroverted introvert

I love interpersonal interactions, but sometimes my best thoughts derive from isolation

I find peace here in my art

Early on, I didn’t completely understand how to use my emotions to create

Especially those with a human connection

I realized that in order find that connection, I needed to identify with the subject 

It became important for me to not only give subjects human characteristics,

But to allow myself to emotionally connect with them


An artist should be able to see one's self in their work. They should be able to empathize with the emotion evoked by their subject.

- Des Grain


Here it be pain or joy

We are humans who often compartmentalize thoughts and feelings

Seeing these emotions in my subjects allowed me to search for what i’ve been looking for within myself

Rebelliousness, courage, sadness, pain

They all embody and shape who we are 

And who are we to consistently compress these emotions to make someone else comfortable 

Nothing about progress is comfortable

As this journey continues

My hope is that you find a connection 

Not just with me, but within yourself

Conformity is a result of the inability to think

Let us be unique and thrive within our ambiguity


Much love,



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