Gretchen Bare has been creating art in many forms since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Gretchen took full advantage of the national art museums and their associated summer programs. Each private school she attended while growing up provided her with a creative outlet by offering extensive courses in the art field. In the 1980s, Gretchen attended the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. In 1998, she finally settled with her husband in Southern Maryland where Lyric Artwork, a home-based studio, became a reality a few years later.
Best known for her life-like portrayal of animals in oil, Gretchen has proven herself to be an accomplished artist with a variety of additonal subjects, as well as other mediums. Her realistic style is reminiscent of the Old Masters, although not so tedious as to fool the eye into believing it is viewing a photograph. A painting by Gretchen Bare transcends the ordinary, and becomes a tangible memory to be treasured and passed down from one generation to the next.
Gretchen does not believe in limiting her expressive style to one medium and constantly enjoys expanding her knowledge of not just traditional forms of art, but modern ones as well. She is an accomplished graphic artist and web designer and, since 2004, has excelled in that area as well, creating website for schools, non-profit organizations & private hobbiest.
Today, Gretchen and her husband, Marty, live on a 15-acre property entitled Bare Necessities Farm. Together they breed and exhibit rough & smooth coated collies, tend to a large flight of bright and varied colored fowl (ducks, bantam chickens, peafowl, pheasants, emus), and can often be seen riding their horses or driving friends around in their horse-drawn carraige.