Original fine art for over 40 years!
Original fine art for over 40 years.

Garry Abel

Garry Abel


As an emerging Palette Knife artist, I am so blessed and excited to be able to capture my love of the land and sea through my oil paintings.

My earliest interest in oil painting was born from an artist in San Antonio Texas. His name was Jose Vives-Atsara who was originally from Spain, but settled down in Texas where he lived for the last years of his life. His vibrant palette knife oil paintings were an inspiration to me and kindled my desire to paint.

It wasn’t in traditional arts that my creative background started, but rather in the culinary field. I began working in restaurant and hotel kitchens starting at age 15. Working for mostly European Executive Chef’s early on in the hotel business, they truly opened my eyes to not only the culinary world, but world travel destinations. Their skilled training was not only in the preparation of food, but in the presentation of food and is the reason my artistic interests were further developed.   And, with many years of working with kitchen knives each day, it’s no wonder that I was drawn to the use of Palette Knives when I began painting.

As an artist, we are inspired in so many ways. For me it starts with looking to the sky and being amazed by the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Nature offers the images and I work to translate the vision to canvas.

No matter what your age or technical abilities in art may be, working with a skilled art teacher is crucial to your continued development. In my case, working with Javier Alvarez at the Laguna Canyon Artist Studios has been the greatest continuing education to me. His vast knowledge of all aspects of art pushes me to constant improvement.

Along with the Cove Gallery, Garry’s work can be viewed at certain events throughout the year at the Showcase Gallery near South Coast Plaza Mall. His commissioned works are in private homes in San Antonio and Houston Texas, Southern California, Long Beach Island New Jersey, Boston MA, Denver CO and Honolulu, Hawaii.


  • 2016 Balboa Island Artwalk
  • 2016 Dana Point Festival of Whales
  • 2016 Laguna Beach 1st Thursday Artwalks
  • 2015 San Clemente Village Art Faire
  • 2015 Huntington Beach Art walk
  • 2015 Balboa Island Art Walk
  • 2015 Laguna Beach Art Walk
  • 2015 Irvine Studio Arts Festival
  • 2015 Ocean Fest San Clemente
  • 2015 Olive Festival La Mirada


Cove Gallery Laguna Beach, CA

Showcase Gallery Costa Mesa/Santa Ana, CA


Garry accepts Commission Work and will customize paintings to the color and size of your preference. Garry’s previous commissioned works are in private homes in Houston, Texas and the Boston area.

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Opening Hours
Monday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

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