gretchen was born into a family of artists and writers in akron, ohio. she spent her childhood largely outdoors in suburban ohio, where her study and exploration of the natural world began in a system of parks that are now a National Park. she received her first art award at age 6, a painting of a large polar bear with the aurora borealis glowing in a black night sky. she studied drawing, painting and sculpture while earning her bachelor of arts at OSU, and continued her art training in post graduate courses at Art Students League of New York, UCLA extension, Rowayton Arts Center, and Darien Center for the Arts in Connecticut. her work is also available through Saatchi Online @

her work has been shown and collected on both coasts of the US and published in books, magazines, and catalogs internationally. she has lived and worked on the east and west coasts of the United States and spent extended stays in Japan and Europe.