Gayle is an Australian Artist who is passionate about colour and texture. Born in Yarram in South Gippsland, Victoria, she has lived in various places in Victoria, NSW, and Queensland, and is now living and working in the Gold Coast, Queensland.
Inspiration: Gayle’s inspiration is her love of the Australian country, especially farms and farm buildings, farm machinery and animals, old and abandoned buildings and homesteads. Gayle grew up in the country in Gippsland, Victoria, and began painting when living in Deniliquin 40+ years ago. In the beginning, Gayle began her paintings and drawings en plein air, then finished them in her studio. These days, because it is unsafe for a female to set up to paint alone outdoors, she makes regular photographic trips in country areas and take many photos of subjects that she loves. Upon returning home, she then paint from her own photos in her studio in the Gold Coast. Gayle’s method of painting is to paint in layers, and her realist paintings take at least four or five days to paint.
Gayle’s artwork has progressed through many stages throughout 40+ years of her art career. Always a drawer since childhood, she began her painting career around 1979 – 1980 whilst living in Deniliquin in NSW, learning skills by attending workshops by various other artists and applying what she had learnt in her studio. During this time, Gayle won many art awards, and her artwork has been included in Corporate Collections and overseas.
In 1992, Gayle attended LaTrobe University Bendigo as a mature age student and obtained a BA Hons (Fine Art), and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary). University broadened her outlook considerably and encouraged her to be more experimental and contemporary in the approach to her artwork. Gayle has experimented in Realist, Surreal, and Abstract Art, and have used multiple mediums, including Resin and Encaustic. She now works mainly in oil, watercolour or charcoal drawings. Some of my previous artwork is in Resin or Encaustic, and some of these are available through Bluethumb, or on my website.
Current Art Direction:
Having survived cancer in August 2019, Gayle now produce artworks mainly in Oil, Watercolour and Charcoal Drawings. Prior to being diagnosed with Cancer, Gayle ran regular workshops in Encaustic, Resin and Acrylic Pour. Now in remission, Gayle has chosen not to teach, but to concentrate on her first love, which is realistic Australian landscapes and homesteads.
A recurring theme has been of reviewing the fate of abandoned human manufactured constructs in the natural environment. In February/March 2016, Gayle was featured in a solo exhibition in the Arts Centre, Gold Coast City Gallery called “The Last Fleet” which focused on weathered shipwrecks.
Old and abandoned houses, farms and sheds are now her main focus for current works. Portraits and Landscape are also a strong interest.
BA(Hons), Grad. Dip Ed., Grad Cert Museum Studies,
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