Last Monday, the Artists of Palm Beach County were treated to an evening at the studio gallery of Gisela Pferdekamper in Loxahatchee horse country. Gisela and her husband, Howald, an international developer and entrepreneur, moved to Florida from their home in Germany in 1975. Once here, they imported a Hanovarian stallion and 32 brood mares from Germany and established Hanover Horse Farm, a breeding farm and dressage center in Palm Beach County.
With limitless energy, Gisella organized and administered the Palm Beach Dressage Derby which celebrated its 25th anniversary in the spring of 2008 as an internationally recognized horse show. Still she found time to paint. Trained as a graphic artist in Germany where she was awarded a Fine Arts scholarship to the famous Niedersaechsische Akademie in Braunschweig, she spent many hours each day in her studio immersed in the vitality she found in the lush Florida landscape, so different from the more austere atmosphere she left behind in Germany.
In recent years, Gisella’s Hanovarian horses have been the subject of her unique surrealistic paintings. She has had noted success in placing her paintings, not only in the U.S., but in Europe as well. A sculptor in addition to being a painter, cement and bronze caught her eye. She has produced sculptures of animals, primarily of her horses, some too large to fit into her studio. Ceramics came into her life and led to the acquisition of a large kiln and to building yet another studio, where Gisela developed a new medium in which to express her originality and talent.
A nature lover, each February she runs a fundraiser in her gallery for the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation located near her studio in Loxahatchee Groves, north of Wellington. She and her husband share their home with white peacocks, rare pheasants, Koi, a demanding white cockatoo and imported German Shepherds., all surrounded by tropical vegetation.
A member of the Wellington Art Society as well as the Artists of Palm Beach County, she exhibited her work this winter in the Contempo show at the Lighthouse ArtCenter.Gisela uses M & M Studios in Jupiter to create giclees and prints of her paintings which are available for purchase from a number of online galleries including Jezebel. For now, please enjoy the slideshow below of her delightful work.
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