Born in Hungary, award-winning artist Kathleen Gabriel graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in 1967, where she studied Drawing and Painting under Carl Schaefer, Eric Freifeld, Frederick Hagen and Christiane Pflug. Upon graduation, Kathleen worked as a graphics designer and illustrator at McGraw Hill Publishers, for trade books and magazines; she also pursued an active career in both editorial and children’s illustrations and posters in her capacity as a freelance illustrator/designer for the publisher Thomas Nelson and Sons, and for magazines and journals such as Chatelaine, Fugue and the Financial Post. She illustrated a series of children’s and young adults’ bilingual posters for Editions Soleil Publishing Inc.; she also designed and published her own set of art note cards under the publishing name of Kitty’s Garden.
She worked as a graphics designer for the Toronto Reference Library for 25 years, retiring in 2012. In 1997, she won Metro Hall’s Manny Klein Award for her mixed media painting Returning to Eden in the Artfare exhibit. In 2002, Kathleen won the Al and Malka Green Award for her painting Pierrot/Pierrette at a juried art show at the Women’s Art Association of Canada; this painting now hangs In the Toronto Western Hospital.
Kathleen’s works have been put on display – whether for solo exhibitions, fund-raisers or as part of group shows – at the Women’s Art Association of Canada, the Hittite Gallery, the Edge Gallery, the Arts and Letters Club, the Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto Western Hospital, the Three’s Company restaurant, the Toronto Reference Library, the Textile Museum of Canada, and the Coffee Tree Roastery, as well as Gallery 38 at her residence; her works can also be found in private collections in France, England, Canada and the United States. She continues to create new works of art in a variety of styles and mixed media, such as abstracts in acrylic, digital photography and illustrations on canvas. She works from her home studio and enjoys her beautiful garden, where she paints and creates small textile pieces. Her travels from past years in Canada, Europe, China, the United States and the Caribbean have also proven to be major sources of inspiration.
Life is a voyage of the heart and mind, evolving in a continuous creative process. The arts, myths and legends are paths leading us back to the Garden of Eden.