Louis Stephen Gadal

A native California artist, born in 1936 and raised in the southern part of Los Angeles, Louis Stephen Gadal developed a strong interest in drawing. He received the Examiner Scholastic Sports Award Competition scholarship to the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles while he was still in high school. At Chouinard Art Institute, he studied drawing with Donald Graham, Herb Jepson and Bernard Garbutt. He studied watercolor with Rex Brandt and Edward Reep, both noted California watercolorists.

Following graduation, Louis spent the next fifteen years developing his drawing skills and exhibiting nationally. He furthered his studies in printmaking at Chouinard, studying lithography and intaglio with master printmaker Joe Funk of the Tamarind Lithography Studio.

He maintained his own architectural illustration firm until 2001, where he worked on projects for the Corning Museum in New York, the Rockwell Museum and the Center for Western Art in Corning, New York (The Bunker Hill Project).

As his career developed, he returned to watercolor painting, which led him to produce many landscapes and seascapes depicting the California area in a traditional manner. His subjects vary to include figures, portraits and western portrayals. His mediums of choice are watercolor, acrylic and egg tempera.

Louis is listed in the Who’s Who in America, published in American Artist Magazine, and published in the books; The Best of Watercolor, The Best of Watercolor 2, Light and Shadow 1998, Rockport Publishers, Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Art from the Parks North Light Books, 2000 and Landscapes in Watercolor, by Theodora Philcox.

His teaching credits extend to include the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, and the Otis-Parsons Art Institute in Los Angeles as well as art seminars demonstrating his painting abilities. Louis is a signature member of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society (selected for the 1994 Traveling Exhibition), a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society. In 2003, he was voted as Active Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society and he is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Art Program. Since 1991, Louis has received numerous awards and prizes for his watercolors and continues to be an active participant in the art world.