Gloria Adrian is an oil painter, who began her career as artist after her children were grown. Born in 1948 in Minnesota, she earned a BFA degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1995 and further studied painting in Europe, Mexico and the US. She has lived most of her career in western Wisconsin where her canvases are humming with paintings of flora, birds and figures.
Drawing inspiration from the outdoors and nature, her goal is to offer viewers images that reflect the magic and spirit of one’s natural surroundings. Gloria has exhibited her artwork throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota in group and individual exhibitions. Her paintings are in many private collections and she has painted several murals in public spaces.
I am interested in creating images that express the magic and beauty of the world around us</p>
Seeing and capturing light and motion are vital to my work. I believe that the key to expressing emotion is capturing the aura around the subject. The air around us is substance, not a vacuum. It is light diffused through the moisture and dust particles in the air that produces beautiful hues. Painting that light and using it to create connecting shapes and color between the background and the subject creates the mood.
Everything and everyone is in constant motion (even when standing still). This creates moving particles that are always changing colors. Trying to capture movement through paint is elusive and only momentary. It is this challenge this keeps me painting.
Of the billions of bits of perception that are actually present to us each second, we perceive only a tiny fraction of that. What we choose to perceive seems a mission of that creative spirit that resides in us.