Landscapes in Oil on Canvas
Added by Pat Marsden
Gisela Langsdorff was born in Berlin 1940. She passed her baccalauriat in Karlsruhe in 1959; studied language and economy studies in Heidelberg and England; and acquired a diploma in translation in 1961. In 1962 she worked as a translator and secretary in Geneva and later moved to England, where marriage and family followed.
She travelled extensively in Canada, the USA and Mexico and from 1975 – 1978 she studied at Essex University, achieving an honours degree in the History of Art and Literature, followed by a Diploma in Education from the University of London. This was followed by various teaching jobs.
In 1985 she attained a Diploma in Fine Art at Colchester School of Art and since that time has worked as an artist, concentrating mainly on landscapes, painted in oil on canvas. Many of these reflect the riverside views in Wivenhoe where she now lives and the mountain landscape of the Alsace where she also spends part of every year. She has held solo exhibitions in the Wivenhoe Gallery and in Freiburg in South Germany. At the time of writing she is exhibiting together with another artist at an artist colony in Karlsruhe Groetzingen in South Germany. She says:
‘I prefer to paint in the open air best of all, but the finishing process is often happening in the studio, and sometimes this can be a longish procedure. These days I paint mainly straight on the canvas, without previous sketches or drawings on the canvas. Sometimes I use several photographs to help my memory. I also do some Studio paintings that are conceived from memory and are often a combination of landmarks that make a place special to me. I use only a few basic oil colours, as I like to mix my own colours. therefore all I need is a few tubes of paint, brushes, turpentine, a canvas, a portable easel and a pallette.’