Island Neighbor: Gretchen Johnson
It is always interesting to look at the life behind the artist, in hopes that you might discover what inspires them, what informs their creations. For local painter Gretchen Johnson, it is a compendium of everyday occurrences, familiar icons of beach and family life, and a lifetime of positive feedback from relatives and friends that fires up her imagination.At the tender age of 87, California native Gretchen trolls her memories with a chuckle, trying to pinpoint when it was in her life that she first started painting. "I guess it was when I was in high school. I took a class with a gentleman who taught oil painting.