Gretchen Lopez Sedona Artist Bio
Gretchen’s work is 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.
Combined with her native roots, 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. Combining the traditional
with the contemporary, she feels blessed to paint with freedom and raw
Gretchen lives in Northern Arizona, where she continues to
pursue her love of painting and teaching. She has taught at the Sedona
Arts Center for over 20 years and teaches workshops abroad in Spain and
Mexico. She is a member of the Impressionist Society of America and was
was nominated for the Viola Award for Excellence in Art Education.
Over the years she is honored to have won numerous awards in the Sedona
Plein Air Festival, including “Best of Show” for 2021. Her works are in
private collections both nationally and internationally.
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