Tarryl Gabel was born and raised on a cattle ranch on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota. She has lived the last thirty-four years in the beautiful Hudson Valley in New York. Tarryl prefers to paint plein air whenever possible, but also paints still life, wildlife and western themed paintings when she cannot be outdoors. She is proud to have been voted by readers of the Hudson Valley Magazine, as “Best Artist” in their annual “Best of the Hudson Valley” five times to date. She has won awards regionally as well as being a winner in numerous National Competitions including Paint the Parks and Paint America Top 100. More recently she was awarded “Worthy of the Met” at Plein Air Easton and her painting took first place in the Nationally juried competition LBI Plein Air Plus. Her work is in many private and corporate collections nationally and abroad.
Serenity Now!!! Almost every comment or compliment I get about my oil paintings are how peaceful, serene and calming they are. I love when the viewer connects to the works emotionally. Plein air painting is my "Happy Place" and I am grateful that doing what I love makes so many others happy, it is truly a blessing! Racing out before the sun comes up to capture the sunrise is my most favorite time to paint the landscape, for me it is all about the light. Growing up in rural North Dakota on a cattle ranch, I loved to be outdoors and on a horse. Now I can still be outdoors plein air painting and my love for the western can be realized in the studio as I love to paint wildlife and western-themed works when I cannot be outdoors.
Painting is my passion. I consider a painting successful when it evokes or captures a certain mood or feeling that the viewing audience gets caught up or lost in. My goal is to inspire the viewer to look more carefully at the world they live in, sharing with them the peace, beauty and reverence that I experience. I strive to make this emotional connection with the viewer through my art. I am most driven to capture that fleeting moment in time and the way the light moves across the changing landscape.