Interviewer: Where have you been? You disappeared for a long time.
Gretchen Gammell: Yes, I did. It's been a very busy year but I don't really want to talk about it.
Interviewer: Well, what are your readers supposed to do with that?
Gretchen Gammell: Be in the present with me, here, now.
Interviewer: What if they have questions for you and wonder where you've been and what's happened in your life?
Gretchen Gammell: What if I have questions for them? This isn't a two way street here, so I guess we'll all just have to live in wonder about each other
Interviewer: You seem a little hostile.
Gretchen Gammell: I don't smoke anymore, so I AM hostile
Interviewer: You appear to be smoking in this painting.
Gretchen Gammell: That's not a self-portrait. It's a painting of a Norwegian woman who modeled for me over in France.
Interviewer: She's lovely.
Gretchen Gammell: She is.
Interviewer: What is she doing in this painting?
Gretchen Gammell: She's sitting for an interview.
Interviewer: She seems much more relaxed than you do for this interview.
Gretchen Gammell: I think it's the cigarette.
Interviewer: What did you two talk about?
Gretchen Gammell: Mostly ex-husbands. And France. She had the most beautiful hair and we talked about that. She was an author and had written a very successful memoir. I didn't want to like her but i liked her very much. She was unapologetic. I find that's a very difficult trait to pull off with any amount of charm, and yet she did. She also sat very still, which makes for a wonderful model.
Interviewer: Are you still painting?
Gretchen Gammell: Yes, as much as the baby allows.
Interviewer: It will be interesting to see how she influences your paintings, will you have new work for us anytime soon?
Gretchen Gammell: Oh yes, there's always a new deadline. The time away was well spent, but I'm ready to get back to work.
Interviewer: Thanks for your time today and good luck with the cigarettes.
"The Interview" is now available for purchase from the artist's private collection.