Louis O. Griffith was born on October 10, 1875 in Greencastle, Indiana. In addition to etching, he was a painter of realistic landscape, portrait, and genre. He painted with impressionist-influenced color and broad, relatively loose brushwork. Griffith studied at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts in 1893; in Dallas with Frank Reaugh in 1896; 1896-1897, 1899-1903, 1906 at the Art Institute of Chicago in the evenings; in 1908 in Paris and Brittany; as well as the National Academy of Design. Griffith, over the years, lived at various residences including Greencastle, Indiana from 1875-1879; Dallas, Texas from 1879-1893; St. Louis from 1893-1896; Chicago from 1896-1922; and Nashville, Indiana from 1922-1956. He married Carolyn Maulsby in 1920. Louis Griffith died November 13, 1956 in Franklin, Indiana.