She pursued her post secondary education in Munich, Regensburg, Trento and Salzburg. Her emphasis was on Painting and Art History but also included a degree in Romance languages.
During her studies she worked at the Carolino Augusteum Museum in Salzburg and at the Neue Pinakothek in Munich.
After graduation she opened her studio close to her favourite city of Salzburg, in the picturesque town of Waging am See and continued to teach Art History.
In 1990 she had the chance to visit Canada for the first time and immediately fell in love with grandeur of the Canadian Rockies and the absence of human interference in wide stretches of the landscape.
From 1992 to 1994 Gisa Mayer lived in Calgary and started to make the Rockies her favourite subject.
Since moving to Calgary permanently in 1997 she has maintained her studio here and is involved in Arts Advocacy in Alberta.
Her work is represented in private and corporate collections in many countries in Europe and in Canada, the USA and Australia.
Since I spend a lot of time outdoors in all seasons, I have a lot plein air studies and sketches to work from in the studio. I need to remember how the air felt, how the light and the mood was in the moment.
I feel very free as an artist. I do whatever I want when I want to do it. I work a lot, put in many hours but it never feels like work.
Mountains are a big part of my inspiration. I love the Lake O’Hara region in the Rockies and my original home in the Bavarian Alps, the gentle landscapes around the Chiemsee. I am also very fond of the French Alps, especially the Mont Blanc area and Chamonix.
Rivers and their valleys also hold a special place in my paintings, I often teach in the Loire River Valley in France. I am very interested in the never ending changes in rivers and their surroundings.
I love to paint different and unusual viewpoints. My hope is you get lost in my paintings and forget whatever occupies your mind for a little while.”