Many of us vanish from reality via video games, sports, reading novels or through a plethora of other stress-free options.

Many of us vanish from reality via video games, sports, reading novels or through a plethora of other stress-free options.

Pat Griffin likes to disappear from her day job as state court administrator of Delaware to an enchanting world she creates through painting vibrant images of mostly delicate flowers and occasionally fresh fruit.

And since eight of Griffin's lush acrylic and watercolor paintings are currently on display at the Upper Crust in downtown Georgetown until Saturday, the public still has time to portal to this charming world she's called her fortress of solitude for decades.

"It's something that's really gratifying to have a hobby that takes us away from what we should be doing," said Griffin, of Lewes, who works in Georgetown as well as in other cities throughout the state. She is also a faithful customer at the Upper Crust, where she can be found buying coffee on most mornings when she's working in Georgetown.

Beauty in simplicity

There are countless subjects Griffin could paint, yet she's content sticking with flowers. Though it might not seem like the most exciting topic, through her eyes these little plants hold a value that's priced above a Versace gown.

"We go through our day and don't notice birds and flowers and nature," she said. But "sometimes that can lighten up someone's day ─ to notice something that's pretty ─ [in between] the regular stuff we deal with all day long."

Griffin's painting will improve your mood, thanks to the pallet of pastels she pours into her pieces, along with three other qualities found in her work: hope, love and joy, three traits that are also evident in Griffin's personality.

Another reason Griffin is attracted to illustrating plants is because "flowers are easier to paint than people," she explained. "There's lots of colors and it's easy to find subjects."

Griffin typically finds flowers to paint when she's out and about, and she's been known to preserve them in vases at her Lewes home as she illustrates.

Staying consistent

The eight pieces in her exhibit at the Upper Crust span works dating back as far as 20 years ago to her most recent painting, which was last year. Despite the gap, it's difficult to distinguish Griffin's eldest and newest piece since her work is a continuum. "It's consistent," she said of her style. "I do tend to paint the same."

And that's not necessarily a bad thing.

"She's done a nice job," said Bruce Mead, co-owner of the Upper Crust with his partner Chuck. "She has a great eye for color."

The reason some of Griffin's paintings date back to two decades is because she's strictly a hobbyist painter who only illustrates when she has the time, which is very rare considering her busy career. Griffin is also a wife (she's married to lawyer James Griffin of Griffin & Hacket law firm located in downtown Georgetown) and she and her husband are also tasked with looking after their large pets.

"We take care of our horses and that takes a lot of time," she said. "I don't paint a lot. I try to paint when I can." And that's usually during the weekend.

Griffin is happy to share her work with the community. But she has no plans to make a living from her art since she maintains it's only for fun. And to her credit, she hasn't even titled any of her pieces on display at the Upper Crust, a statement that further suggests she's really not trying to divorce from her career as state court administrator of Delaware.

"I love my job," Griffin said with contentment. "I thoroughly enjoy working with the courts."


WHAT Pat Griffin's painting exhibition

WHEN Gallery hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday; The exhibition ends this Saturday

WHERE Upper Crust, 7 E. Market St., Georgetown


INFO Visit or call 856-2300