Gretchen Howard's art is featured as the inside liner pattern for each handbag and original artwork for BENE's silk scarf collection.Gretchen Howard was born and raised in the heart and soul of New Orleans. As an artist, she describes herself foremost as a colorist. Her work employs a rich array of symbols and color which quietly communicate a deeply personal meaning of each work. Her early focus included graphic design and decorative painting, but in the last 15 years her career has shifted to creating mixed media abstracts and commissioned designs. Her work has appeared in eight solo showings through Soren Christensen Gallery and she appears throughout the country in private collections.