Spending my formative years in the Vermont landscape has deeply influenced my painting. I am moved by the visual poetry in the trees and fields that surround me and look to capture and celebrate that with my artwork. I explore the landscape every day, seeking and always finding great inspiration. My formal art training is from Montserrat College of Art.

Artistic Process:

I have been painting with charcoal and watercolor as my primary medium for the last five years. I am interested in the way charcoal and watercolor react and mix on different surfaces and I am always experimenting with my process. I use brushes to lay on the different mediums wet or dry and apply them separately or mixed together in a paste. The charcoal/watercolor is then scratched or lifted off with tools, erasers, or wet brushes to get the fine detail and is sealed with an archival poly-crylic coating to protect it.

I am influenced by photography and mostly use my own photos for reference in my paintings. That they often look like black and white photographs is not intentional but arises out of my adherence to the photographic image in my artistic process. I use the camera as a sketch
tool and start the painting process once I have chosen the photo I want to work from using charcoal and a paintbrush instead of a printer or darkroom.
About Gabriel Tempesta

Solo Shows

West Branch Gallery - Stowe, VT Our World: Charcoals and Casein, October 9-December 31, 2015 

The Berrie Center for Visual Arts at Ramapo College - New Jersey; January 6-March 30, 2013

River Arts, Morrisville VT: The Bumblebee Series July 11-September 2, 2013

Studio Place Arts, Barre VT: The Bumblebee Series September 17-November 2, 2013

River Arts, Morrisville VT: The Dynamic Vermont Landscape November 17, 2011-January 12, 2012

Group Shows

West Branch Gallery, Stowe VT:  Landscape Traditions March 22-October 31, 2014. 

Lamoille County Courthouse: June 29 - August 30, 2013 

Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville VT: Land and Light, Water and Air - 2012 included in juried group show, awarded first honorable mention

Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville VT: Trees juried group show - 2011: asked to speak at the artists roundtable

SEABA Center, Art Hop-2012: Artwork voted into juried show, awarded second place in competition

SEABA Center, Art Hop-2011: included in the juried show
Studio Place Arts, Barre VT: “Refuge” juried group show, 2011

Studio Place Arts, Barre VT: “Birds Eye View” juried group show, 2008


- FIRST PLACE in category - “Other Media”: Richeson 75 Landscape, Seascape, & Architecture 2012; national juried competition
for charcoal painting “Acadian Mist.”

- FIRST HONORABLE MENTION: Bryan Memorial Gallery, Land and Light, Water and Air 2012; juried competition for casein
painting “Old Birch on Elmore Mountain.”

- SECOND PLACE: Group juried show at SEABA Center Burlington, VT for casein painting “Old Birch on Elmore Mountain."