Gabrielle Trom

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Gabrielle Trom

Aged 21

Barcelona Academy of Art

Instructor(s): Silvia Jurez Linares, Valentina Zlatarova, Sara Stenlund, Christian Bull, Grzegorz Gwiazda, Joeseph Altwer, Dorian Iten, Aina Ferrer, Gerard Castellví, Kostas Protopapas, Ellen Marie Moysons

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  • Artworks


Charcoal and white chalk on hand-toned paper

96.52 x 50.8 cms (38 x 20 ins)

Luigi's Box


106.68 x 58.42 x 43.18 cms (42 x 23 x 17 ins)



45.72 x 20.32 x 25.4 cms (18 x 8 x 10 ins)



91.44 x 45.72 x 22.86 cms (36 x 18 x 9 ins)


Charcoal and white chalk on hand-toned paper

58.42 x 27.94 cms (23 x 11 ins)


Oil on linen

99.06 x 50.8 cms (39 x 20 ins)


Charcoal on paper

66.04 x 25.4 cms (26 x 10 ins)



73.66 x 55.88 x 22.86 cms (29 x 22 x 9 ins)



71.12 x 20.32 x 20.32 cms (28 x 8 x 8 ins)


Charcoal and white chalk on hand-toned paper

76.2 x 40.64 cms (30 x 16 ins)

When I was first introduced to the atelier art academies I had not considered the possibility of living as a career artist. Now, I strive to continue learning the techniques, developing the skills, and investigating the knowledge base found within painting, drawing, and sculpting. In the past, I had plans to get a Master’s in Fine Arts in the United States in order to teach art in universities. Today, it is my goal for the future to continue and to evolve in practicing these arts. In my opinion, there are three different levels of figurative sculpting, painting and drawing: the first level is being able to capture a likeness, the second is being able to capture movement and atmosphere, and the third is being able to capture a bit of the model’s essence within a work. When an artist successfully captures the likeness, the life, and a bit of the model’s soul, then the artwork itself becomes someone. As these living artworks are the type of work I aspire to make, my arts education has the potential for continuous improvement. Additionally, I am fond of working in both sculpture and painting, and would like to learn about each in more depth. I would like to study stone-carving, wood carving, and bas-relief. In painting I want to understand the chemistry and mechanics of the materials and learn how to design compositions and utilize color. I’ve found my vocation within the arts. To turn that calling into a career, requires both a continuous education in the arts and the business capability to connect to my audience.

A bit about my art education:


2008-2011 I intermittently attended classes at the Academy of Art in St. Paul, Minnesota. Starting with a copy of Mickey Mouse and finishing with a copy of "Castle Rock" by Henry Clarence Whaite, I studied the techniques of pen and ink, watercolors, and oil pastels.

2012 I taught a watercolor workshop with four students.

2013 I studied through Northwestern University online with a major in Marketing.

2014-2016 I attended Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota with a double major in Fine Arts and Visual Arts Education K-12. There I learned their version of the basic skills in digital art and design, oil painting, drawing, 3D design, and sculpture.

2014-2016 I was awarded a place and remained on the dean's list throughout my time at Bethel University. (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016)

2015 I taught a children’s watercolor workshop that was hosted at Bethel University.

2016 I was awarded 1st place in the college division of the Christian Arts Festival at Trinity School at River Ridge in Eagan, Minnesota for an abstract wooden sculpture.

2016 My abstract wooden sculpture was shown in the Raspberry Monday Exhibition at Bethel University.

2016-2019 After graduating high-school, I deviated from my career plans and chose to attend the Barcelona Academy of Art. I ended up in sculpture because when I applied for the program, administration required that I only select one course of study to be accepted--so I picked at random. I intended to graduate this year, but thanks to Sylvia's help, I will be able to return to the BAA next year (2019) during the winter and spring terms in order to make a couple life-size sculptures.

At the beginning of my studies at BAA, all I wanted was to learn the skills (I suppose I found the studies rather curious and perhaps therapeutic?). Now, I want to learn the skills and put them into practice as an artist. I don't know how to "be" an artist yet, but I would like to continue my education as long as time and resources allow.



References: Silvia Jurez Linares (Barcelona Academy of Art), Valentina Zlatarova (Barcelona Academy of Art), Sara Stenlund (Barcelona Academy of Art), Christian Bull (Barcelona Academy of Art), Grzegorz Gwiazda (Barcelona Academy of Art), Joeseph Altwer (Barcelona Academy of Art), Dorian Iten (Barcelona Academy of Art), Aina Ferrer (Barcelona Academy of Art), Gerard Castellví (Barcelona Academy of Art), Kostas Protopapas (Barcelona Academy of Art), Ellen Marie Moysons (Barcelona Academy of Art), Wayne Roosa (Bethel University), Amanda Hamilton (Bethel University), Jeff Wetzig (Bethel University), Kenneth Steinbach (Bethel University)