Born into the Victorian age, Gribble was raised in South Kensington, where he studied at the school of art, under Albert Toft. He took to art as a scholarly profession, studying for a time in Belgium before heading for London. Exposed to the height of British marine painting, he settled in Dorsett, becoming a resident artist capable of portraits, architectural work and especially marine scenes. His maritime works were often focused on historical events.
His renown earned him the patronage of a large and faithful following of shipwrights in the earliest days of the 20th century. Proficient with both watercolor and oil, he exhibited widely and owned many awards and memberships throughout the isles.