Born and raised in Burlington, NC, Gret's earliest memories involve drawing and painting animals, which has led to a lifelong career in the art and design world. After initially entering into the College of Design at North Carolina State University as a Graphic Design major, she quickly realized that her heart remained in the fine arts and switched to a double major in Art & Design and Landscape Architecture. After graduation, she moved to Charleston, South Carolina to begin her career as a landscape architect, working for a local firm for almost 13 years, while continuing to pursue painting on the side, and in 2018, made the leap into a career as a full-time artist. Gret’s extensive commission work as an animal portrait artist over the last decade has evolved from her obsessive drawing and painting of her own spotted canine muse, Louie. (See the Animal Portraits: Short Story page)
She primarily paints using acrylics, but also delves into other mediums such as pencil, charcoal, watercolor and marker. She is fascinated by nature, and attempts to balance the dichotomy of realism and abstractionism in her paintings by highlighting realistic details through bold color choices such as painting a zebra’s stripes blue.
Gret states "My constantly evolving view of the natural living world guides and inspires my work on a daily basis."
She lives in Charleston with her husband and their menagerie of plants and animals, and works out of her studio at Redux Contemporary Art Center in downtown Charleston.