I come to my studio with reverence for history, respect for my daily experience and gratitude for the students who enrich and multiply my understanding of making art. During my 30 years of teaching and an adult lifetime of living as an artist I relish each moment I am painting or teaching as similar experience.
My paintings narrate personal journeys of solitude within nature. I strive to make a viewer aware of a fleeting moment of solitude in nature where nature’s quiet and environmental elements create a lasting impression saved in your memory. Teaching offers a similar opportunity to begin students on journeys of inquiry that afford moments of discovery, excitement, and reflection. As a student’s skills and conceptual grasp broaden, the rich inter-relatedness of design, communication, history, and science become visible and intellectual curiosity imparts far-reaching perspectives.
I am a Community College teacher and try to paint every day with my work exhibited at galleries and in juried exhibits throughout the country. My paintings are signed "Gabriel" in dedication to the lasting impact of my Italian grandfather’s love of nature and forests.
The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, (MSAC), an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Additional funding is also provided by Washington County Government and generous businesses, organizations and individuals.
The Washington County Arts Council is a proud member of County Arts Agencies of Maryland, Maryland Citizens for the Arts and Americans for the Arts.