Gabrielle Matlock ~ Wildlife Artist
My passion for animals and wildlife is the cornerstone of my artistic endeavors.
Early on I developed my photographic skills which helps me take magnificent images of my subjects. These images are used in the realistic and accurate portrayals in my art.
Passion for my subjects help bring them to life. My artwork is very detailed, paying particular attention to anatomy and light, which I feel are the essential ingredients to any meaningful work of art. I not only strive for an accurate portrayal, but work to bring out the soul and essence of my subjects. Passion is expressed through realism and emotion.
While I began with graphite drawing, I looked for more dynamic ways to bring out the soul of my subjects. I wanted to get color into my work which lead to my discovery of colored pencil on wood. From my first drawing on wood of an owl eye, this technique has evolved into magnificently realistic works of art.
The complexity and time-consuming elements of drawing on wood encouraged me to seek other mediums of expression. My work has evolved to include oil painting, which is a very different experience in artistic expression.
"To do the best art, you must learn from the best artists." This attitude motivated me to seek the knowledge, experience and inspiration of the greatest names in wildlife art today.
Their instruction and guidance have been instrumental in my growth and success as an artist. My work has been appreciated and sold nationally and am a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. I participate in juried shows which includes the Houston Safari Club Show, Dallas Safari Club Show and the Zoo show in Washington DC.