The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Greta Stockebrand started life creatively twisting and turning; making her life an interesting one. She painted as soon as she could dip her hands into a jar of grape jelly, smearing it in squiggly lines and shapes on whatever was in front of her. That graduated to crayons, pencils, charcoal and paint. (None of which were placed back into the box neatly.) Later, she became more controlled and learned the methods of art and design, she even earned a degree in it. She kept pushing… until she stopped.
She stopped for over a quarter of a century. She just stopped turning corners. She traveled in a straight line. She was practically at a dead stop.
Then She took a deep breath. Inhaled, and turned a corner. Then another, and another…
She plans on continuing on the crazy twisting creative path until she dies. She will make every twist of color and turn of shadow stretch out her life.
When she was young, grape jelly was mystical and allowed her life color. Now she finds color gives her life flavor.
The Southwest's influence is evident in all her works with the use of bold and bright colors. Sweeping gestures and brush strokes are found in her abstracts, then they are turned and twisted to reveal the emotional impact the surrounding environment has.
"What I create is based on a subconscious, emotional, and creative inspiration, that evolves into an image or form in my conscious mind... I use color and form to communicate and intensify that image."
Greta has found abstract painting and portraits to be artistically satisfying, in addition the pursuance of a mixed media aesthetic was what really compelled her. Ms. Stockebrand’s technique of using plastered gauze on canvas and other backgrounds generates stunning dimensional works that are prodigious in scope.