Ute Gil was born in Germany and took her first art classes as a teenager learning traditional folk art and silk painting. This gave her a foundation for painting and ignited her love of art. In her early 20s, she moved to Spain for three years and took lessons using pastel and oil. After her move to the US in 1990, she took a break from painting to raise two kids.
Starting in 2003, Ute took oil painting lessons at Northern Virginia Community College and from renowned artists such as Kurt Schwarz, Maggie Siner, Diane Tesler, Sara Linda Poly, and Katherine Riedel. She loves painting all subject matters but animals are her favorite. This passion shines through her many commissioned pet portraits. Ute is a member of the Loudoun Arts Council and currently serves as the membership chair of the Loudoun Sketch Club. Her art has been displayed at shows such as Oatlands Art Show, Waterford Fair, Aldie Fair, Byrne Gallery, First Friday in Leesburg, Tryst Gallery, Art Sweet Art Gallery, Western Loudoun Artist Studio Tour and McLean Art Festival. Most recently, Ute has been the featured artist in both the Loudoun Sketch Club newsletter (September 2017) and the Elan magazine (January 2018).
My goal is to create paintings that show my love of nature and animals while capturing the emotion of my subjects. I consciously reduce details, keeping my brushstrokes loose and impressionistic, allowing the viewer a more personal interpretation of the image. It is more important to me that a painting is compelling rather than true to reality. Much of my inspiration comes from the rural areas that I visit in Western Loudoun County as well as my travels to other countries. The paintings are created both plein air and in my studio. Oil has always been my preferred medium because of its textural qualities.
8”x 10” Oil on Canvas