The program last Wednesday was provided by Gabriel Alonzo, a member of our Rotary Club. Gabriel has been a portrait artist for over thirty years, and he and his wife recently moved to Kerrville.
Gabriel had a colorful history before becoming a photographer. He was raised in Mexico City, and became a professional musician in a rock and roll band, backing up the Doors and other big bands. He later moved to Houston and was in retail sales at Sakowitz and Nieman Marcus, before becoming a clothing buyer.
He decided to pursue portrait photography, and was told he needed a photography degree to get in the business. So, he got his degree and worked at Gittings in Houston, a well known portrait studio. He finally decided to venture out on his own in 1990, and has had a successful business as a portrait artist. Gabriel has recently added automobiles and landscape work to his photography artistry.