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GRETCHEN LOPEZ FIGURE PAINTING WITH A MODEL

Oil $275

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, but it the vibrant color and spontaneity which are expressed in the gentle beauty of the Native and Hispanic people she paints. 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. She has taught at the Sedona Arts Center for over 15 years. She was nominated for the Viola Award of Excellence in Art Education and has won awards in the Sedona Plein Aire Festival including the ‘Award of Merit’ for her figurative work, judged by internationally known artist Lori Putnam. Her works are included in numerous private collections as well as in galleries and exhibits at The Historic Phippen Museum of Western Art in Prescott Arizona.

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