Fine Art Images
Gretchen Dzedzej - "ZedZay"
Gretchen Dzedzej, otherwise known as "ZedZay", has been painting and creating extraordinary images for over 40 years.
Growing up in a small town in Vermont, Gretchen was surrounded by the beauty of nature and an environment deeply rooted in the past. She began painting at the age of 5, sitting at the kitchen table with her mother, a talented oil painter. At the age of 10, her father gave her an old camera some darkroom equipment that had belonged to his uncle, and she soon began experimenting with black and white photography, even setting up an impromptu darkroom in the family’s only bathroom. A few years later, she plunged into color photography, using the landscapes and objects around her as her subjects. She explored the frozen Vermont Landscapes, abandoned barns, old libraries, summer fields. Everywhere she went, she was fascinated by the life around her, and the artifacts of people’s lives and what came before. Her subjects were often scenes of nature, or compositions that showed the small details of a larger picture, an observation of the cycle of birth, life, death, rebirth.
Eventually as technology created newer tools, she merged her two passions of painting and photography, and began using her own photos to create digital fine art “paintings”. In her work, she observes the beauty in everyday things, the small details that often go unnoticed by the casual observer, asking us to pause and see things in new ways, contemplating past and future and our connection to them both.
Her works are currently available online and through Art Mecca of Charleston.