Gabrielle Strong Bio
Majoring in the Visual Arts, I received my BFA from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC. My practice is split between painting, ceramics, and more recently, public art. Prior to attending Emily Carr, I spent 5 exciting years traveling to over 70 countries on all 7 continents by sea, leaving me with a deep connection to the ocean. Those years at sea left their mark and coupled with 20 years living on the Pacific West Coast, I am forever drawn to themes of water and reflection, which reoccur throughout my art practice.
Where many find the coastal rains dreary and depressing, I find beauty in big monochromatic skies and have always sought solace in the quietude. Primarily working with oil, my brushstrokes strive to capture the tranquility those overcast days inspire. I’m always searching for the moment the veil is lifted, revealing a glimmer of light on the horizon.
Not just a painter, I was recently awarded a major public art commission by the Government of Canada & the City of Vernon to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary, whereby I enlisted the community to help create a 150 foot winding Mosaic River that was successfully installed in a downtown park.