Ute Gil

Ute Gil was born in Germany and took her first art classes as a teenager learning traditional folk 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. 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 and birds are her favorite. 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. More of her work can be seen at utegil.com, on her Facebook page, “Paintings by Ute Gil”, and on Instagram ute_gil_art. "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. "

Ute Gil