Inspired by travel, family and the natural world, Gretchen’s art only exists because of her supportive artist mother, father and husband. Gretchen grew up in Willmar MN, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a degree in Biology and Spanish Secondary Education and lives with her husband and 9 year old son in Ashland, WI. From a young age she has always enjoyed drawing and art in its many forms probably because art appreciation runs in the family. This said, Gretchen started pastel painting weekly after being welcomed into an incredible pastel group 8 years ago. Gretchen’s pastels can be found on her Facebook page called Gretchen Burke pastels.