My life hasn’t always gone to the dogs. Being raised in a small town in Germany all I wanted to paint was horses. But dogs were part of the family when I grew up. My dad trained hunting dogs and we had a succession of loyal German pointers and dachshunds. My fondest childhood memories include my adventures following them into the woods surrounding my home town. Their watchful eyes allowed me the great freedom to roam which my parents might not otherwise have granted me.
Since dad’s obsession with dogs did not include the more mundane part of the human canine relationship like cleaning up after them, mom balanced his lopsided devotion with open criticism. Up to this day I’m torn between her view of dog as a constant inconvenience and his emotional all consuming love.
I continued having dogs by my side, finding the best of them at shelters, not turning down the occasional stray cat (homage to mom). Currently, I live with my 17 year old Shih Tzu-Poodle mix ‘Krümel’ and Tabby Cat Mika who give me great joy and not too much to clean after.
I hope you’ll enjoy some of my postings and I invite you to share your stories about the furry loves in our lives.
About my paintings:
“With her larger than life paintings of our most common animal companions Gabriele asks us to look at the deep and intimate bond between person and pet. Painting her subjects from photographs and memory, Gabriele draws on her life-long love affair with our furry family members. As she replicates a gaze, we are drawn into that elusive moment of contact across the species.” -Mary Wings
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