Going Further with Your Painting

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Going Further with Your Painting
Gretchen Lopez

Take your work to the next level !

Working in oil, acrylic or pastel, students will learn to create dramatic effects while exploring various lighting conditions from focused to natural light while working with the still-life and photos.

By exploring various techniques from 'the one brush method' to palette knife and texture students will be able to enjoy the painting process from start to finish. Instructor demonstrations and lots of individual attention provided. Students should take a beginning painting course to learn the basics first.


Gretchen Lopez majored in advertising and design, when she attended Ventura College, then went on to study fashion design and illustration at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.  She completed her studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. 

As a tenth generation native of California, Gretchen has a rich family heritage.  She is a descendant of the first Spanish settlers of what was to become the Mexican Rancheros, her colorful family background includes Chumash and Apache Bloodlines.  Gretchen's works are greatly inspired by her ethnic heritage.  Being experienced in many mediums and techniques allows her to express a feeling of freedom, vibrancy and spontaneity through color and design to depict the varied faces, fabrics and gentle beauty of Native and Hispanic women in her paintings. 

She combines traditional as well as contemporary elements in her works, from the figurative to still-lifes.  Gretchen resides with her husband in Northern Arizona, where she pursues her love of painting.  A teacher of painting, life drawing and portraiture at the Sedona Arts Center in Sedona, Arizona, Gretchen was nominated for the Viola Award for Excellence in Art Education.  Her works are included in numerous private collections both nationally and internationally, and can be seen in select galleries throughout the Southwest.


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