Foothills in the Rain
Ink on carved basswood
Record breaking dry heat and drought, and the requirement to stay indoors during the coronavirus pandemic, made the painting’s subject of a familiar recreating spot cooled by a merciful rain an inspired choice. Foothills in the Rain is an expression of gratitude and thanksgiving.
“Even when life is a whirlwind of difficulty, gratitude and thanksgiving bring relief like water to the parched land, and family brings renewal.” Gretchen uses wood as a canvas itself for painting, carving, and wood-burning. Her passion is guided by intuition and a profound sense of gratitude. Gretchen received her bachelors in Studio Art at Whitman, graduating with Distinction. She’s guided by the neuroscience of “flow” states and the mindful art-making process. Gretchen’s been Artist in Residence at Boise First Congregational United Church of Christ since 2017. For Gretchen, art is a spiritual practice she brings to others as well.