Gretchen Steele – May 2023 Artist of the Month

MSAA features the work of many talented artists affected by multiple sclerosis as part of our annual MSAA Art Showcase. Each month we share these artists’ inspiring stories and beautiful artwork with you as our Artist of the Month. This month, we celebrate Gretchen Steele as the May Artist of the Month. Gretchen is from Coulterville, IL.

Dripping Orchid Dreams

About the Artist – Gretchen Steele

Gretchen Steele is a lifelong resident of Southern Illinois who has been living with MS for over 20 years. Throughout her MS journey, she has found great solace in creating various works of art. While her primary medium has long been photography, she recently began exploring the new and emerging creative side of AI-Generated artwork, also known as Synthography, utilizing the Midjourney platform. As an award-winning writer, she finds it a fascinating way to create images using the written word. As someone living with MS, she knows how our brains often process things differently. The emerging medium of Synthography allows her to combine her love of storytelling, poetry, and photography into a single creative outlet. Her submitted selections are from her collection/project, “Dreaming of Orchids.”

To see more about Gretchen and the rest of our artists, please visit our Art Showcase. 

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