Artist Gretchen Norwalk

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     I had earned a degree in art, a certificate to teach in Colorado and I had a young son.  Knowing that teaching was a commitment that would take me away from my son, I made a decision for which I will always be thankful.  I opted to paint.  That meant my son could be at my side and I could provide for us with my art.  Fortunately for my early art career, I met and was mentored by a successful artist, who showed me how to display my art at weekend festival art shows that were sponsored by resort cities throughout Colorado.  My early career preparing for and participating in art shows gave my son and I precious time together when I was painting and the broadening education for both of us that one gets only through travel and exposure to people and places.
     By the time my son reached school age, I had received offers to show my work in galleries.  With the loyal following I had developed from my days at art shows and exposure through galleries representing my work to an even broader audience.  I realized that many of my paintings were finding their way to international collectors.  This realization was c0nfirmed by an example when a friend traveling through New Zealand discovered one of my paintings in a professional office she visited there.   I was amazed and flattered, but humbled to think that my work was so widespread.
     Becoming an artist with a growing reputation and a growing list of collectors has given me an opportunity to meet other well recognized artists.  One memorable situation was an encounter with a gentlemen who was admiring my art and asked if I was familiar with the work of artist John Nieto.  I definitely was [...]

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