With the use of palette knives and acrylic paint, Gayle Faulkner’s paintings literally come off the canvas. The textures are touchable and invite the viewer to enter the painting. Subject matter generally includes landscapes, animals, florals and still life. Colors range from bright all the way to subtle. Each painting is Gayle’s representation of our world.
For over 40 years, I have had an established career as a watercolor and mural artist. My work has been included in and won awards at numerous exhibitions, gallery shows and juried art festivals. Works of art are in corporate and private collections around the world.
I attended William Jewel College in Liberty, Missouri and earned a BA in Sociology. I used this degree working with children in a variety of capacities. One day, I decided that I wanted to be an artist and as is my norm, I jumped in with both feet.
At Louisiana Tech University, in Ruston Louisiana, I took Masters Level Art and Design courses for several years. As a totally left sided academic, I was amazed and excited to have found a new part of my inner person. Years of hard work, looking outside the box and the willingness “to put my self out there” has led to a very special awakening.
Becoming an artist is about dedication, determination and a love for what you are doing. I think that it is important to never get complacent and to always be willing to try new things. Technical skill is important but imagination and the willingness to play is what makes us better.
Art gives us all the opportunity to explore vistas and possibilities. I feel very fortunate to have the ability to embrace something that I love.