Unlike so many other artists you may have read about, Laura was not drawing by age 2. She never doodled, sketched, or thought about being an artist until much, much later in life.

Like many silver linings, Laura’s discovery and desire to paint were born out of a very difficult event. Laura’s artistic journey was motivated out of a desire to” heal my heart and my hurts”.  Her art exemplifies the phrase: “It’s never too late.” She wants others to be encouraged by her journey and to follow the dreams that have been innately woven into the fabric of each person by the Creator.

She likes to look deeply into the divine beauty that is all around us and to highlight that beauty in a way that is inspiring and intriguing.

Laura thinks of herself as a beginning “Grandma Moses” in the pastel world. Pastel is an exciting medium. Pastel is not chalk, it is  pure pigment, the same pigment used in oils. But unlike oil, it has no liquid binder that can cause the surface to darken, fade, yellow, crack or blister.

Leonardo DaVinci was known to use pastel in his portrait of Isabella D’Este (1499). Rosalba Carriera (1664-1754) created compelling portraits that are still as fresh as the day she painted them. One of the greatest champions of pastel was Edgar Degas, famous in the mid 1800’s for his ballerina paintings. Pastel is vibrant and long lasting.

Contact Laura: 240-357-2283 or laura@lgabel.com about her art and yours, whether it be a person, a pet, or a landscape. If there is something in your heart or head, your past or future that you’d like Laura to create in pastel or charcoal, she’d love to discuss it with you. Laura lives in Spring Hill, Florida, with her husband Ken; two long-haired Chihuahuas, Monte and Justine; Max the rooster and his two consorts, Heidi and Trixi; and three guinea hens, Larry, Moe, and Curlie.  Studio visits are encouraged.

“I will restore health to you and heal your wounds.” Jeremiah 30:17

“Look! The winter is past. The rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth. The time for singing has come.” Song of Solomon 2:11


Unlike Laura, Michelle does not consider herself an artist in the “traditional” sense of the word. She doesn’t paint or draw or even sculpt. On occasion, she has been known to color alongside her four year old daughter, with a similar skill level. Michelle does, however, enjoy and love art of many kinds. She draws inspiration, encouragement, and motivation from things of beauty.

One thing Michelle and Laura do share is a deep and abiding love for Christ. Though their paths and stages of life are different, Michelle, too, longs to encourage others as they live out their own unique reflections of their Creator.

Sharing her journey with others through this blog is both terrifying and exhilarating. Michelle takes great comfort in knowing that it is God who has brought her thus far and He will continue to lead.

Michelle lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband, Justin, and their two daughters (K6) and (A10). Justin teaches in a classical school and Michelle is a freelance writer and website manager. They have recently relocated and are still finding their way around their new home state.

“But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8