I am Gabrielle Anya Rafello, a mixed media artist who is radically inspired by colour, nature, energy and light! Welcome to my online art gallery where I share a little about myself and my journey with creativity and colour.
Originally from Sussex, I trained in fashion and textile design at West Sussex College of Design. Art and creativity have always formed the central part of my life. When my children were small I painted colourful murals in their rooms and have always enjoyed ‘making things’ with a wide variety of materials.
Having been passionate about colour from a tender age (my first sewing project was a pair of turquoise flares I made when I was 6!), in the early part of my career I became involved in trend prediction for the fashion industry. Later, I went on to learn numerous spiritual and healing modalities including dowsing, colour and crystal therapy, and creative Feng Shui. I am, amongst other things, a therapist and self-development workshop facilitator, bringing my love of art and creativity into my programmes, in order to inspire greater confidence in others, especially those who are sensitive in nature.
Having run a retail and design business for over 10 years, I then created and ran the Koorana Centre from 2011 until 2022. It was a beautiful and tranquil space that inspired creativity, spirituality, health, and wellbeing, and a place where I organised numerous activities for its growing community of visitors, including relaxing art classes and creative retreats.
With its high vaulted ceilings and original stained glass windows, the Victorian building was also a living gallery for contemporary art, featuring uplifting work by a number of makers, including myself.
Fascinated by the concept of ‘healing through art’, I love to create original pieces and use a variety of materials in collage and my mixed media work. My colourful pieces have found homes in a variety of settings, including natural therapy clinics and schools. I hope they will be therapeutic, magical, and transformational, and I would love to reach into the hearts of children and grown-ups alike with the energy they hold within.
I have curated exhibitions, organised art festivals, and made my work available through fun and engaging pop-up art spaces. My future desire is to create art installations that inspire children to imagine and explore.
If you are curious about my work as a vibrational medicine specialist, please visit www.kooranawellbeing.co.uk. You can also subscribe to my newsletter through that platform.
Gabrielle Anya Rafello, 2023
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