NMWS ABQ Monthly Meeting
November 5, 2022 10:00 a.m
Heights Community Church, Fellowship Hall,
6935 Comanche NE, Albuquerque
(Louisiana & Comanche NE)
Exec. Comm. Members - please arrive 10-15 minutes early to help set up chairs in the meeting room.
Exec Committee meeting starts at 9:00 AM
Social time 10:00 - 10:30 followed by
Business Meeting 10:30 and the Guest Presentation
Currently mask wearing is optional while indoors.
Presentation - "Creative Storytelling"
Formally trained in art and architecture, Gayle followed the western path with a series of creative adventures. Clearly, she comes by her creative grit and storytelling honestly. Her work reflects her experiences as she traveled through the Northwest to Asia, Northern Africa, the Middle East, Europe and South America, evolving and honing her craft. As she settled in the West, the impetus to move to Taos, New Mexico and the origin of her sense of peace there became clear. Taos is her spiritual home, where she feels the land, the sky, and the people directing some of her best work
Before moving to Taos, Gayle had always been a part of the western lifestyle. Gayle grew up on a ranch in the shadow of Mt. Hood, OR, and discovered watercolor at the age of 11. The guidance of the professional artist and mentor Phil Tyler helped shape the remainder of Gayle’s life.
Formally trained in art and architecture at University of Washington, Gayle added watercolor artist, teacher, inventor, traveler, and restorer of historic buildings to her ranching background.
Recently, Gayle’s art and career took a major turn when the Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN invited her to join the "Quest for the West" artist roster. Taos is ground zero for Western art and Gayle’s upbring and story telling has brought her to her spiritual home.
Gayle lives and creates in her newly renovated adobe studio and gallery on the south end of Ranchos de Taos, where she paints teaches and displays her interpretation of western art.
Gayle says, "I create drama through value contrast and color mixing on the paper. I start each painting completely saturated and work toward the dry edge. I work quickly and spontaneously on the first wash to cover the whites to establish local color, soft edges and textures. This is followed by adding more detail, harder edges and form-building, within the painting."
"I believe it is important to work with all archival materials, and permanent colors. I include a letter of authenticity on the back of each painting, with a guarantee to the collector and museum that the quality of the watercolor is durable. Watercolor is the most difficult medium to master, yet has continued to fall in value through misinformation regarding its "delicate and fugitive" qualities. It is my hope to start a dialogue and develop solutions to this problem, with the help of the major watercolor societies, galleries, and judges. Though education we can put watercolor back on par with other mediums, where it belongs.