I have three of Gretchen’s ‘One Minute Pose’ sketches, and they are so immediate and full of life they seem to want to fly right off the paper.
“I love to paint the human form. I love color and pattern. My background in fashion, textile + home decor design play into my paintings. I am influenced by current style trends around the globe and from different eras and genres in history. I paint almost everyday and it’s my goal to channel the beauty that I see in my subjects and put it down with paint onto paper.”
About her figurative work.
“I paint from a model (except the mermaids!) in short poses ranging from one to forty five minutes, usually. It is the process of short poses that brings to life what I am after – simply the beauty of the human gesture and the color of that moment. Swift strokes and decisions define my figurative work. I walk away from the figure painting and come back to it later to add into the background. With refreshed vision I see what the painting is calling for – a vivid color, stenciled pattern, maybe an architectural shape or a horizon line. My work is about focusing on what is in front of me at the moment– the present moment, where I find perfection and beauty.