ABOUT GABRIELLA D'ABREAU VISUAL ARTS (GDVA)
People always ask me, "When did you know you wanted to be an artist?". I always find this question kind of confusing because I never really decided and it was never really a question. I remember a hunger to create from young. Doodling in class when I probably should have been paying attention to doing my math sums and drifting off into la la land imagining everything possible within my imagination. When I think about what it means to be an artist , its much more than an arbitrary career decision or life choice. Being an artist is very much a part of myself. On the fine art side, it is a desire to see and create beauty and to touch people through something they see; it is a powerful gift. There is something that always feels very natural about the act of creating. In the creative environment and in the act of creation I feel very at peace and free. From the design perspective I love having the ability to use my artistic and creative skills to provide high value services that help my customers build their brand or market their event. I love especially working with small and medium size businesses as it allows me a one on one personal touch and really allows me to get to know my client and provide them with all the tools they need to market their business to the world.
Colour is my greatest inspiration and the creativity and colour of the Caribbean is ever inspiring. For me art making is a universal expression that can mean something different for different people. My approach to being an artist has changed, grown and manifested itself in different ways throughout the years. At a young age, fascinated with drawing the clothed human form, I was dreaming of a path in fashion. Then I was introduced to the love of paint and it changed everything. It drove me to pursue a course of study in art which delved into art history and all the fascinating stories of the artists that came before me. Experiencing the New York MET, MOMA and Guggenheim changed me; forever. A great respect for the artistic tradition I find myself in and the study of illustration and learning how art is the voice of not one person but of culture, of people and of the times; this has made me the artist who I am today. I have branched off into graphic design as a way to take my skills and help others to achieve their business branding and marketing goals.