Melissa is a self-taught artist. Although she has always been creative, after studying art at school in the mid-90s, she didn’t come back to art until 2013 when she joined the local life drawing sessions at the Fine Arts Gallery in Gibraltar. From there she began experimenting with watercolours, eventually combining these with ink sketches.
During the last year, she has been drawn to sketching urban scenes, particularly in the local area. All originals are drawn in lightfast, pigmented ink. Mixed media pieces are enhanced using watercolours, gouache or specialist water-based ink.
Lorraine is a freelance artist who enjoys experimenting with mixed media but specializes in watercolors and acrylics. Born into a family of farmers, she spent her early years surrounded by countryside and a love for nature very much influences her work.
Lorraine first travelled to Gibraltar in her late teens after completing a foundation course at Leek school of Art and Fashion and it soon became home. Exposure to all things fashion as well as art has remained with her and textiles is one of the many inspirations she draws on and often forms part of her creative palette.
She is an active member of the Gibraltar Fine Arts Association and a regular participant in local exhibitions and competitions and has been awarded various prizes and commendations over the years. A number of Lorraine’s works form part of the Gibraltar Ministry for Culture and Heritage Trust collections.
Wanda is a passionate Gibraltarian artist who has been painting all her life. She finds Gibraltar’s location provides great opportunities for fresh ideas. Wanda studied Fine Art at College and gained valuable experience under the tuition of other local artists such as Willa Vasquez, Olympia Reyes, John Culatto, Vin Mifsud and Ambrose Avellano.
She has always enjoyed painting outdoors and participated in many competitions and exhibitions in Gibraltar, Spain and Italy. Her first Highly Commended award was achieved in 1999 with the Heritage Trust and won 1st Prize in 2018, along with awards from the Fine Arts Association, The Spring Exhibition and the International Exhibition in Gibraltar. Wanda also won the People’s Choice award at an exhibition in the Garrison Library for her painting “The Return”.
Wanda’s first commission was from Raffles Restaurant on Queensway Quay, in 1995, which was subsequently used for their marketing. She has undertaken various large mural commissions in more recent years and assisted her son in his artistic projects (including the street-art mural in the tunnel at Alameda Gardens and the MTV Musical Festival).
In 2000 Wanda was a founding member of the Fine Arts Association which operates from the Fine Arts Gallery in Casemates. An avid lover of all things God created and nature, Wanda is a Christian Artist.
Caroline is a Fine Artist who has exhibited locally and in Mayfair London both in Group, judged and solo exhibitions. Her paintings are in private and corporate collections all over the world.
Her work is dominated by colour composition, design light and contrast and this can be seen across her different subject matters ranging from the markets in Morocco, Andalusian life, Gibraltar’s beaches to the vivid exploration of still life both in her fruit arrangements and in her Sweet Art collection.
Her works are mainly oil on canvas which is her preferred medium and can be bought as originals or Giclee and Digital prints as more affordable artwork. “Colour and brush mark are key to my work”.
Billy is a photographic artist, he describes his style as soulful and minimalistic, and although his work is expressed in the form of photographs, he considers himself more of an artist than a photographer.
He prefers not to adhere to strict photographic rules as, arguably, he feels they tend to restrict a person’s artistic freedoms and may draw attention away from the essence and feeling beneath each image.
On his creative journey, over the years, he has obtained awards and a measure of international recognition, especially in the genre of Street Photography, and continues to strive & evolve in his passion. He views art as a communication that both expresses and provokes emotion.
He principally derives inspiration from nature and the simple things in life and has recently focused on attempting to capture Andalucia and the Portuguese Alentejo region in his own unique style.
Adam worked as a GP for 30 years in Gibraltar. Now retired, he paints because it makes him happy. He has no formal training beyond school but considered both art and architecture as careers before opting for Medicine (the family business). He thoroughly enjoyed trying to keep the local population healthy but retired just short of 60 because he was fairly sure It would be good for his health.
His work is mainly figurative landscape and often locally based. He likes vibrant colour, unusual juxtaposition and perspective, while achieving a consistent style preoccupies at times. To keep painting and improving for as long as possible is the only goal.
Any profits will be donated to local charities.
Geraldine has been creating art all her life, exploring virtually every artistic medium along the way. It has been argued that design is a skill and art is an innate gift and there is an ongoing debate about where design ends and art begins, but Geraldine is fortunate to combine both these talents in her work. She uses a variety of media, also using her experience as a graphic designer and her use of digital resources to make her artistic mark.
From working in charcoal, pastels, acrylics and oils, Geraldine is now creating portraits and landscapes using the iPad. Geraldine’s favourite genre is life drawing because it is always dynamic and ever changing. It is a great way to practice observation and detail. Regarding influences on her work, she looks to the masters, the post-impressionists in particular. Experimenting with different types of media in an unconventional manner appeals to Geraldine who wants to provoke thought in people viewing her work. Using a variety of digital techniques such as Photoshop, she manipulates and ‘peels back the layers’ of a photograph to create a painterly effect, similar to watercolours, and her iPad paintings are full of colour and bold strokes, much in the same vein as her real-life canvases.
Orsolya was born in Hungary and moved to Gibraltar in 2021. She is a self-taught artist and has been passionate about painting since she was a child. Orsolya studied psychology and she uses art as a tool for helping her patients to understand, accept and heal their own feelings.
For Orsolya, painting is a kind of meditation that makes her feel balanced. She started to paint with acrylics a few years ago and it soon became her preferred medium. She hopes that her paintings will make others feel as happy as she is when she is creating them.
Chris is a new artist – he started in 2021 with a few YouTube videos and the desire to create something appealing.
He finds the flow state when painting and it is his love for industrial, heavy metal and drum & bass that bleeds from music through to shape and colour. Abstract is his preferred expression, no rules.
Michele has had solo and joint exhibition in various venues, both in Gibraltar and in Spain, and her work can be found in private and public collections.
Michele taught art at the Loreto Convent Middle School from 1998-2016 and presently holds private workshops for children and for adults with special needs at the Arts and Craft Shop.
She is a Committee member of The Gibraltar Fine Arts Association and also an active member of the Arts and Crafts Association.
Painting alone has never been enough to feed her creative hunger so she often uses a variety of material such as clays, paper pulp, metal, driftwood and basically whatever comes her way, she is keen to recycle!
Michele is inspired by the Mediterranean light and its fleeting effect on the subject. “The challenge is usually to try and capture that feeling in my paintings.”
In recent years Michele has been exploring traditional printing techniques such as linocut/woodcut, etching, lithography.