Professional graphic designer, textile designer, artist and photographer, born in Chicago, IL. Attended the School of the Art Institute, and received a B.A. in Communications Design from University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently resides in Kettle Falls, Washington State with her husband and two children.
Cyanotypes (below) were represented by Art at Work, a sales and rental gallery affiliated with The Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, Washington.
Gloria’s artwork is in private collections in Bermuda, Canada, England and the U.S. She has exhibited her work in Chicago, Oregon, Los Angeles, Washington state, Colorado, Bermuda, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York State.
de los Santos’ graphic arts career began in Bermuda, where she was employed as a graphic designer and illustrator for Bermuda’s only daily newspaper. Her experience includes working in advertising agencies and publishing houses in Chicago and Santa Monica, California and she ran her own graphic design and advertising studio in Falls Village, Connecticut.
While living in Chicago, her hometown, she was represented by Artemisia Gallery in Chicago, Illinois in the early 90s. She served as the curator for “Brave New Pixels”, which became an annual computer-generated art show exhibited under the auspices of the Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group in Computer Graphics, (ACM Siggraph) the oldest international computer organization on the planet. It was the first computer generated art show in Chicago, Illinois.
When the family moved to Kent, England, de los Santos found employment as a graphic designer for a large pharmaceutical concern. Her career came full circle when the family moved back to the US (Los Angeles) and she began working in special effects for the entertainment industry. Her filmography includes: “Titanic”, “Hollowman”, “Star Trek: Insurrection” and the upcoming “Mists of Avalon”, which debuted on the TNT network in July, 2002.
She has taught art at the Orient Elementary School for the past ten years.
Her parallel career as an arts instructor includes employment with The American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois and UCLA Extension where she taught in the Film and Entertainment Dept.
Currently, she is working on her first textile design collection. She has completed the Pattern Observer course in developing in Repeats, using both Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. She also has earned a badge from The Pattern Observer this past summer: The Freelance Bootcamp.
Poster Artist for Pend Oreille Lavender Festival, Le Clerc Creek Lavender Farm, Cusick, WA. 2008.
Awarded Professional Development Assistance Program, (PDAP) to study encaustic processes and photography in Jackson Hole, WY, 2007.
Awarded Rainbow Mini Grant, Chewelah Arts Guild, for class instruction in cyanotypes at Greenwood Institute d’Art, Chewelah, 2007.
Awarded City of Chicago grant to complete X-ray photography work, 1987.