Gretchen McGinnisVisit Website
"The stroke is just like the artist at the time he makes it. All the certainties, all the uncertainties, all the bigness of his spirit and all the littlenesses are in it." ~Robert Henri
I am a painter and art teacher residing in Chester County Pennsylvania. I have always known I was an artist for as long as I can remember.
I paint for the palpable pleasure of touching brush to canvas, the joy of color, the lushness of paint itself and its ability to describe how I’m feeling.
My studio is filled with some of my favorite things: flowers, vases, vintage dishes, animal figurines and most of the time my dog, Willow.
Painting is romantic and it’s sensual, it allows me to connect to and be with a variety of feelings including bliss, harmony, contentedness and sometimes sorrow and melancholy. It makes me ache either way and I am addicted to those feelings for they are the ones that let me know how much I love being alive and connected to others, whether in pain or joy.
My paintings are my love letters to life. They say what I have no words for..... I feel incredibly lucky to be a painter.
I am a graduate of Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia Pa and hold a BFA and M. Art Ed.
This year's show of mine is dedicated to my mother who worked with me in poring over the lovely poems that accompany my work here. My mom is a retired high school english teacher, my biggest fan, my best friend and has walked with me through all the pain and everything beautiful in this life. I love you, mom.