Featured Artist Gabriella Collier

Artist Gabriella Collier paints expressive, ethereal landscapes using acrylic and mixed media. Learn more about this artist by visiting her website.

 

“Fluff” Acrylic, 40” x 40” by artist Gabriella Collier. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Fluff” Acrylic, 40” x 40”

 

From a young age, I always had a keen interest in drawing. I had never really painted until I attended art college. It was there that I discovered that I was a painter.

 

“Above and Around Me” Acrylic, 40” x 60” by artist Gabriella Collier. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Above and Around Me” Acrylic, 40” x 60”

 

I studied a total of four years, which included a one year fundamental intensive program followed by a three year illustration diploma program.

 

Artist Gabriella Collier in her studio. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist Gabriella Collier in her studio

 

After graduating, I worked for more than ten years in graphic and commercial advertising companies, but always kept my own practice of painting at home.

 

“Connected” Acrylic, 36” x 48” by artist Gabriella Collier. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Connected” Acrylic, 36” x 48”

 

When I began painting at home, I would paint landscapes. College was always geared towards design and conceptual and figurative studies for the commercial workplace, so when I painted at home, it was an opportunity to explore landscapes.

 

“Creations of the Mind” Acrylic, 30” x 60”by artist Gabriella Collier. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Creations of the Mind” Acrylic, 30” x 60”

 

Having a home studio allowed me to paint every day. Since then, I have been creating landscapes, primarily beachscapes. My beachscapes came about from having a cottage on Wasaga Beach, which is north of Toronto.

 

“Pompous Cloud” Acrylic, 12” x 24” by artist Gabriella Collier. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Pompous Cloud” Acrylic, 12” x 24”

 

I would I paint plein air, but I would also make quick drawings and take photographs. Now, I only use the reference from my on-location drawings to produce work in my studio.

 

“Overlook” Acrylic, 36” x 48” by artist Gabriella Collier. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Overlook” Acrylic, 36” x 48”

 

In my studio, I use mainly acrylics, but I also find myself mixing in pastels, graphite and other media to help me explore my images. To me, the image is the starting point but not the final goal.

 

“Water Patterns” Acrylic, 40” x 40” by artist Gabriella Collier. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Water Patterns” Acrylic, 40” x 40”

 

I like to integrate texture and gestural qualities into the work to create movement. I also play with pouring colours and using drips to create interest. Changing the way I begin my paintings also keeps me exploring new ways of interpretation.

 

“Scenic Contemplation” Acrylic, 48” x 72” by artist Gabriella Collier. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Scenic Contemplation” Acrylic, 48” x 72”

 

It is the combination of these practices that I like to use in order to produce something a little bit different each time.

 

“Reflective Beach” Acrylic, 30” x 30”by artist Gabriella Collier. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Reflective Beach” Acrylic, 30” x 30”

 

Even though I am deeply rooted to the traditional image, my goal is to continue pushing towards abstraction. I think by pursuing this idea, it will give me more freedom and a chance to explore the media as well as the images.

 

“At a Snails Pace” Acrylic, 36” x 36” by artist Gabriella Collier. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“At a Snails Pace” Acrylic, 36” x 36”

 

My inspiration comes from the interesting and quiet settings of landscapes that I encounter. I find myself in awe of the enormity and power that they hold. This is what I strive to capture when I paint.

 

“Walking Buddy” Acrylic, 30” x 30” by artist Gabriella Collier. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Walking Buddy” Acrylic, 30” x 30”

 

My work is frequently used for commercials, movies, HGTV home renovation shows, as well as many home magazines.

 

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  1. I saw your beachscape work on HGTV. Nice!

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