Buster Griggs became a commercial artist while still in his teens and worked his way through school as a graphic artist. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970, then started a career in advertising.
In 1971, "adventure called" and he joined the U.S. Treasury Department as a Sky Marshal, a member of the original anti-air piracy team. In 1973, he transferred to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as a Special Agent. He was assigned to several locations in the US but continued to paint and draw as a passionate hobby during his public service career. He retired from the DEA at Anchorage, Alaska, and renewed his art career on a full time basis. Griggs and his wife, Karen, have homes in Pagosa Springs, CO and Anthem, AZ.
The focus of Griggs' work is his love of the West. His paintings and drawings honor the history and grandeur of the mountains and plains, the Native Americans whose ancestors called it their home and the pioneer families and the cowboys who explored and settled in this beautiful country. Buster Griggs' work is in private and public collections in the United States and Canada, including the collection of the Flying U Ranch, Canada's largest and oldest guest ranch. His original work for his print series "Tap Up and Go" was the first painting donated for display at the new DEA Academy at Quantico, Virginia.