Artist StatementConstant practice and study is required to perfect ones skill. My aim is to give the viewer a feeling of tranquility, pleasure and the realization that it all doesn't come from talent but from determination, consistency and hard work.
Ms. Gadra began studying art while growing up amid the culture rich venues of Manhattan. She continued to develop her artistic abilities through studies in high school and college and workshops in museums and art centers in New York City. Travel to Europe, various Caribbean islands, Mexico, Venezuela, and Belize gave her the opportunity to draw and paint in diverse locations. More serious formal studies began with various courses and workshops at the University of Maryland. Always interested in the chiaroscuro style of Caravaggio and Rembrandt, Ms. Gadra began to develop her own interpretation of this “old masters” technique at The Art Students League of New York following a period of study with David Leffel a contemporary expert in the style. The Art Students League of New York was also the site of a period of study in portraiture with the nationally recognized portrait artist Raymond Kinstler. Ms Gadra studied landscape painting with Mary Anna Goetz at the Woodstock School of Art and is currently studying portrait and figure drawing and painting as a student of Robert Liberace and Danni Dawson at The Art League School of Alexandria, Virginia. Ms Gadra has shown her work in various locations. Examples of recognition include being twice selected as the theme artist for the annual St. Francis School auction at The Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, as the featured artist of the annual Citizen’s Rehabilitation Center Christmas gala in Frederick, Maryland and as the people’s choice award winner of the Frederick County Art Association’s 2008 member’s show, 2012 First Prize winner-Art & Addiction competition at the International Nurses Conference on Drugs & Addiction. While her work is mainly in the chiaroscuro style with still life, her current work in landscapes, portraits, and impressionistic representations shows a developing diversity of styles. Her works may be found in private collections throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. Ms Gadra is a member of the Frederick County Art Association, The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Frederick, Maryland and The Alexandria Art League in Alexandria, Virginia. She may be reached through her e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org