Dean Griff

Dean Griff

Creator of Charming Tails®

Dean grew up on a dairy farm with five siblings, and this experience instilled a true sense of family and humor. During his years at Stockbridge Valley Central School, he developed an interest in drawing, and decided to study art instead of agricultural classes with his siblings. At age 23, he left the family farm to become Assistant to the Curator of the Syracuse University Art Collection. His wildlife paintings began to win awards at university art shows, and his hand-painted Christmas ornaments turned into a small business.

In 1989, Dean moved to Florida to work as a set designer in the state’s growing television industry. He soon began to create characters similar to his Charming Tails designs. Through the design of mice and other woodland animals, he reached back to his farm life roots. Then, a chance meeting with a manufacturer of Christmas ornaments, resulted in the creation of the Charming Tails collection. Since then, Dean Griff has produced thousands of delightful Charming Tails figurines, ornaments, lighted houses, water-globes and other giftware items.

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