Debra Gangale

When I work with oil I am reminded that anything is possible. I begin a piece by feeling a love for and appreciation for the bird. I know a piece is done when it resonates back it's essence to me. When people see my work, I'd like them to feel the spirit of the bird and resonate with their special energy. Most birds were painted alla prima. Alla prima is a style of painting where, instead of building colors up with layers, the painting is completed while the paint is still wet. Strictly defined, an alla prima painting would be started and finished in one painting session, but the term is also more loosely applied to any painting done in a direct, expressive style, reflecting the subject in its purest light. I love the interplay of birds in nature. I paint from memory and photographs taken while here in my loft in Santa Monica and back in my hometown of Youngstown, Ohio.

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