Gina Strumpf Biography
Gina knew from an early age she wanted to be an artist. Her pens and pencils were her constant companions. Having an opportunity to be mentored with nationally acclaimed Artist Josette Gourley in high school had a strong impact on her. She received two scholarships to prestigious Art schools, on her way to becoming a Fashion Illustrator. Fashion was a passion but instead of the drawing board, it took her to the "catwalk" where she worked as a professional runway and print model for 12 years. After marriage and raising a family and a very successful career in Real Estate it was finally time to get back to her first love. And like an old friend... Art was there waiting. Her brushes haven't left her hands for many years now. With lots of time to make up, Gina is devoted to learning and improving daily. Gina has mentored with nationally acclaimed Artist Kevin Macpherson along with studies and workshops with several other acclaimed Artists in Canada, Southern France and Tuscany. Gina has honed her skills in record time, a prolific painter with natural talent and a quick study. She is completing her life long dream and her true calling.
Gina's paintings have been shown in numerous juried regional and national shows as well as Solo Shows. She is a featured artist in numerous galleries throughout the Southeast and has many private and corporate collectors throughout the USA and Europe. With many of her collectors owning multiple works! Well versed in multiple mediums and varied subject matter, Gina’s paintings are rich in color, mood and spirit. There is an inherent warmth and quality to her work that pulls the viewer in and won’t let them go.
As an Artist, she would like her paintings to represent the passion she feels in her subject matter. Gina is recognized by her distinctive style in her popular "Red Umbrella" European and New York City-scapes. She loves painting En Plein Air and traveling whenever possible to new and exciting locations. She works in her studio in Charlotte, NC, and her door is always open!
"As far back as I remember I’ve had a pencil in my hand and a vision in my mind. I’m happiest when I stand before a canvas. It’s never too late to be what you were born to be."~Gina