One of Gail’s earliest memories is realizing that she wanted to be an artist. Her childhood activities surrounded art and outdoor experiences. She owes her love of photography to her parents and in particular her Dad who put a camera in her hands at the age of seven. By nine years old, she was photographing and making her own darkroom Black & White prints.
Gail fell in love with ceramics and throwing on the wheel in college. After graduation from college with a teaching degree and a minor in studio art, she worked for several years as an art teacher and studio potter. She also worked for a local community newspaper doing photojournalism and writing the stories. Photojournalism led to other jobs and the creation of her own multi-media company. In the interim, Gail earned an AA degree in Commercial Photography and a master’s in art education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She recently retired from Fairfax County, VA Public Schools where she was employed as an instructor of Advanced Photography, Computer Graphics, Ceramics, and Sculpture in high school for 23 years.
By using the computer as a tool, Gail has been able to incorporate all her source negatives, slides, prints, and digital files from a lifetime of work. She can combine them into new compositions that reflect a more metaphorical meaning. Gail says that she is very excited about “recycling” older images and creating new interpretations.
Her photography and travels have inspired her ceramic pieces. She uses her photos as the basic drawings that are carved into the clay or as sculptural forms on her pottery. Gail also enjoys High Fire Ceramics & alternative processes in clay such as Raku firing, pit & sagger firing, and crystalline glazing.
Gail also enjoys her interest in American History and particularly in the Civil War era, which got her involved in photographing the 125th & 150th anniversary of Civil War events. She is particularly proud of her collection of (36) “Civil War Combat Reenactment Photography Images” that has cumulated in three solo shows, and her work is in private collections and museums. Gail went out into the fields with reenactors for their tactical, actual reenactments, and was on the line of combat engagement hours before the battle began to get these images. It was the hardest, most physically demanding, and most challenging work as an artist and photographer that she has ever done.
“A send of Adventure, Creative play and Risk-Taking” moves Gail forward as an artist. Because she is constantly striving to amaze herself as a creative person.
Master Art Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1999
AA Commercial Photography, Northern Virginia Community College, 1994
BS Art Education, State University of New York at New Paltz 1971