Ms. Gabriel studied painting in Vienna, Austria, and has received a MFA degree from the University of Massachusetts, where she was granted a University Fellowship in painting. She also has a Master of Science in Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Art.
Ms. Gabriel's work has been featured in publications and exhibitions locally and nationally. She has won numerous awards, including: “First Prize,” at the “All California Art Exhibition,” Art Student’s League scholarship in New York, Certificate of Achievement in Art from the Office of the Mayor of New York City, and “Best of Show,” in the “Human Form” exhibition at the Newport Visual Arts Center, Newport, Oregon. She was named “Finalist” in 2007 Artist’s Magazine competition.
Her work was selected for extended loan in the Executive Chairman’s office at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C., 2007-2009. Her works are current acquisitions of the Havurah Shir Hadash Synagogue and Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland. A retrospective exhibition, “Woman’s Journey,” was held at the Rogue Gallery and Art Center in Medford.
Ms. Gabriel was a contributing artist in the recent Mirrors Portrait Project at the Firehouse Gallery in Grants Pass, sponsored by Rogue Community College. She also participated in the 3-person exhibition, “Alchemy – Artist & Model,” at Gallerie Karon, in Ashland. The book of her work, Woman’s Journey – A Life in Paintings, is available and has received critical acclaim.
"The figurative work combines psychological complexity with an implied narrative. I work solely from life, and carefully select my models, which I pose using dramatic lighting. My passion is for discovering the unique core of the subject matter, and the alchemy which occurs between artist and model. I employ an old master technique which I have modified to express my distinctive style which is deeply rooted in naturalism and a contemporary sensibility."