In junior high, I dreamed of becoming a stage make-up artist, but my high school art teacher recommended that I attend Saturday art classes and there I found my creative home. I became an art major and won a full scholarship to Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Certificate in Art Education. I went on to earn a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Fine Arts from Arcadia University.
In my professional life, I focused primarily on teaching art to children through thematic interdisciplinary units and was awarded multiple grants, did special projects, and wrote art education curriculum. I produced art competition winners almost every year of my teaching career. In one project, I worked with my students to create a mural celebrating the Philadelphia Mummers, which covered three sides of a city block building. The kids designed, drew, and painted the entire mural themselves, something I’m especially proud of.
In recent years, I’ve been able to concentrate on my personal artistic expression and exploration primarily as an abstract expressionist painter with a strong focus on collage. One friend commented that my work is by five artists all named Gail.National juried shows: Springville Art Museum (Utah), Francis Hawk Gallery (N. Carolina), College of St. Elizabeth (New Jersey), Denver Jewish Community Center (Colorado), Cheyenne Artists Guild (Wyoming), Lancaster County Art Association (Pennsylvania). Local venues: The Plastic Club, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Cheltenham Art Center, Woodmere Art Museum, Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artists at SPP Building, River Road, Conshohocken, PA. My work is also currently on display at The Art of It, Jenkintown, PA.
The underlying connector in much of my diverse work is collage. I might use handmade papers found in Thailand and elsewhere, string, fabric, wax, tissue, newspapers (often in Chinese, Hebrew, and Arabic), metallic paints and interference colors; anything that has an interesting grain, weave, or surface. Sometimes I make my own textures using wax or impasto paint.