Ute Gil was born in Germany and took her first art classes as a teenager learning traditional folk and silk painting. This gave her the foundation for painting and ignited her love of art. In her early 20s, she moved to Spain for three years and took lessons using pastel and oil. After her move to the US in 1990, she took a break from painting to raise two kids.
In 2003, Ute took oil painting lessons at Northern Virginia Community College and from renowned artists such as Kurt Schwarz, Maggie Siner, Diane Tesler, Sara Linda Poly, and Katherine Riedel. She loves painting all subject matters but animals are her favorite. This passion shines through her many commissioned pet portraits. Ute is a member of the Loudoun Arts Council and currently serves as the membership chair of the Loudoun Sketch Club. Her art has been displayed at shows such as Oatlands Art Show, Waterford Fair, Aldie Fair, Tryst Gallery, Byrne Gallery, First Friday in Leesburg, and the Western Loudoun Artist Studio Tour. Ute lives and works in Northern Virginia.
“My goal is to create paintings that show my love of nature and animals while capturing the emotions of my subjects. I consciously reduce details, keeping my brushstrokes loose and impressionistic, allowing the viewer a more personal interpretation of the image. It is more important to me that a painting is compelling than true to reality. Much of my inspiration comes from the rural areas that I visit in Western Loudoun County as well as my travels to other countries. The paintings are created both plein air and in my studio. Oil has always been my preferred medium because of its textural qualities.”