Gabogrecan has taught art for a number of years both in secondary colleges in Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria (in Australia).
She left teaching to build her own silk painting business and had some wonderful success. Gabogrecan won 7 of the Australian Gift of the Year Awards; had work displayed in Birmingham, Dusseldorf, Osaka (x2), Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Nagoya; had fashion accessories and tourist product produced under sixteen licenses; had six successful ‘sell out’ art exhibitions.
After suffering both a stroke and a brain tumour, Gabogrecan had to slow down. But she was determined to still develop her art work and had to consequently source alternative ways to let the public know of her wonderful, exciting, colourful and decorativeworks of art.
Gabogrecan turned to the internet. First of all she offered a limited range of hand painted silk scarves. Once that proved successful, she took a plunge and decided to develop an online silk painting course. To her surprise that took off too. She now has students of art in America, England and Australia. A video of her painting on silk is ranked on page one of You Tube with over 50,000 viewers.
Gabogrecan also uses this blog to share her knowledge of painting and design with readers. A special section is also devoted to promoting other silk artists.
Always thinking of new ways to let the public see her work, Gabogrecan decided to trial an online Art Exhibition. She wanted to enable those who love art to take ownership of an affordable work of art by being able to purchase it unframed, but giving viewers the option to purchase it framed if they wanted.
Gabogrecan also has included some of her oil painting in this exhibition. It is interesting to see the development of her work from the oils to the silk. In both, negative space is all important, but the silk work is much more decorative.
Gabogrecan silk paintings can be described as ‘decorative art’ as she co-ordinates her love of fabric, colour, texture and design with her love of the Australian bush. Gabogrecan loved the way that silk enhances the shimmering space and rich colours that she uses, which in turn, draws the viewer into her realm of imagery and beauty.
Hints and Tips
When deciding to purchase a painting, do not think that price should be associated with size. There are many miniatures that are very expensive! Most artists price their work according to what they think has worked well for them. Also, do not get overly caught up with the frames. Some folk chose very ornate and busy frames; the frame should never draw the viewers’ attention away from the paining.
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