George Goebel's Biography
Born in 1951, George Goebel is a native of Catonsville, Maryland where he has lived all of his life. Georgeís first display of artistic ability manifested itself around the tender age of four in the form of a Brontosaurus drawing and his love for dinosaurs continues to this very day. During his high school years, with strong support from both of his parents, George entered his paintings and drawings in as many local art shows as he could, winning many awards along the way. After graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Goebel pursued the career of a graphic artist and illustrator. In 1976, a year after graduation, he landed a job as a graphic artist at the Catonsville Community College. In 1979 George married Maria Staub also an artist who was in the process of taking over a private in-house art school started by her mother in the early 1970's. In 1984 their first and only child Chelsea was born. During this time he also did freelance illustration for such publishing firms as National Geographic, Kendall Hunt publishers, McGraw Hill and The Avalon Hill game company. His true love however was landscape painting and in his spare time he built up a stockpile of work that he exhibited in locations around the state of Maryland. In 1991 he had a one man show at The Life of Maryland Gallery in Baltimore City where over half the paintings were sold. The success of this show acted as a springboard giving him the confidence to continue painting and building up a client base.
In 2002 due to a re-organization, George was downsized out of his job at the community college after 28 years of service. It was at this time that Maria and George made an important joint decision. George would be incorporated into what had now become Staub Art Studio, a private teaching facility housed in a two story commercial building in Catonsville that his wife Maria had purchased in 1999 to accommodate the growing number of students that she could not comfortably fit in the basement studio of their home. He began a new career teaching children and adults fine art, his true love. He also opened a frame shop in the art supply store on the first floor of the studio and developed a cartoon curriculum for children that proved to be very popular. His looser schedule allowed him to put in a couple of hours every morning to devote to his landscape painting. In 2005 George had a one man show at the 357 Main Gallery in Rockland, Maine where he vacations every year at his sisterís summer home on the coast. His work is in numerous private collections throughout the United States and abroad. He is represented by The Isalos Gallery in Stonington, Maine and has work in inventory at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Maine.