“I love to paint people, and I also love the added challenges, flesh tone color, proportioning, and capturing the spirit of the individual. Working from life, allows me to have more spontenaity in my work.” ~Gretchen Lopez
Gretchen’s works are inspired, not only by her love of painting, but from her ethnic heritage, teaching, and the world around her. After majoring in advertising and design, she went on to study fashion illustration at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, then finished out her studies at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. As a tenth generation Native of California, Gretchen is a descendant of the First Spanish Settlers and the California Rancheros, with roots stemming from the Chumash and Apache, her work is inspired by this rich Ethnic Heritage. Vibrant color and spontaneity are expressed in the gentle beauty of the Native and Hispanic people she paints, and by combining the traditional with the contemporary, she is able to paint with freedom. Gretchen lives in Northern Arizona, where she continues to pursue her love of painting, and has taught at the Sedona Arts Center for over 15 years. She was nominated for the Viola Award for Excellence in Art Education, and has won awards in the Sedona Plein Aire Festival as well. At the 2016 Sedona Plein aire Festival, judged by internationally known artist, Lori Putnam, Gretchen won the “Award of Merit”. Her works are included in numerous private collections, both nationally and internationally, as well in exhibits at The Historic Phippen Museum of Western Art in Prescott Arizona.
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