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Artist's Statement

 

I first fell in love with watercolor at Principia College, where I became a Fine Arts major. Subsequent education included a Masters degree in Art Ed at Southern Connecticut State College, classes at the Art Students League in NYC, a course abroad and numerous art workshops and classes locally.

 My early paintings were of landscapes and structures, but  lately I have become fascinated with painting people, pets of various kinds, wildlife and flowers. Specifically, the challenge and fun of portraiture, for me, has been to capture in paint some inner spark or a personality trait of my subject, as well as to attain a good likeness.

 Watercolor is my favorite medium for its burst of color and freshness. It is also challenging  to try to balance control in watercolor with spontaneity of brushwork and the surprise effects of mingling colors on the page. 

I hope all my paintings communicate an appreciation of the process as well as my delight in my subject whatever it may be.  I think paintings are most successful when they are painted from the heart. 

About Gail...

Gail's work reflects what she loves: the people, wildlife, and place in which she lives. Much of her subject matter lies in the fields and woods surrounding her Colorado home, but her subjects are sometimes from places farther away, like the churches of Santa Fe or the crowded streets of France. If you browse the watercolors on these pages, you might even find a stray family of polar bears (not known to be native to Colorado, but aren't they sweet?). Nearby you'll see a portrait of the elusive fox that haunts Gail's backyard, and a Colorado cowboy tipping his hat, and--one of my personal favorites--a grove of aspen trees standing in light snow in the hazy purple dusk. These paintings bring the ordinary into focus, draw your attention to what is beautiful and what is essential in it, and show you that the ordinary is not so ordinary after all.

The art of painting is in this revealing - in drawing out what is essential, in showing you a vision of the world through the painter's eye. In a sense, with each painting, Gail is saying, "This is what I see here. This is what makes this horse beautiful to me," or, "This is what it means to be a bison, carrying your coat and standing taciturn under a layer of winter snow." Sometimes these perceptions can be described in words, but they are most easily conveyed by the pictures themselves.
                                      Tor Wager

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Gail and her husband Ralph

Tor and Brook offered emotional support (to each other!)

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