Art By Gabriele Lodder
Gabriele (Gabby) was born in the Bavaria region of Germany. As a little girl her father would tell her stories of how her uncle Paul was always creating some form of art from anything he could find – be it a piece of wood or a thrown away piece of paper. Father knew that there was a history of artistic talent in the family. He always urged her to try since her brother also is a very talented artist and former art teacher. But Gabriele never seriously went into painting until much later in her life. She was always too busy with her daughter, husband and career to even think about it. When breast cancer struck her a few years ago and she needed to distract her mind with other things that were going on her husband suggested that painting might be just the mental distraction she needed. Her outlook from that occurrence changed her life dramatically on how she perceives life and it is reflected in her paintings. Gabriele, being a Sagittarius, loves to travel and the outdoors. Her travels have led her through Europe, the Caribbean and our own United States. Many of her painting subjects are from photos of her travels that reflect the culture and the beauty of her surroundings. She began with watercolor classes with Martha Sweeney and Paul Taylor and went on for oil classes with Pat Tribastone; sketching classes with Chris Kolupski; all to build confidence and hone her skills. Soon she was hooked and wanted to explore other mediums such as pastels taking classes with Christine Waara.
Gabriele thinks that there are certain mediums that make a painting come to life. The artists’ choice of medium makes a painting speak – whether it is the ruggedness of a mountain or the delicate beauty of a flower.
Gabriele is a past president and member of the Penfield Art Association a Signature Member of The Rochester Art Club. She has provided registration for the PAA for over 5 years and has recently volunteered to do show registration for the Rochester Art Club. The friends that she has made in these two clubs, and the endless support she receives from her associates, inspire her to continue great art.
“Visions Come Alive Through Art”