Gayle was born on Vancouver Island in the Comox Valley in 1957, at a time when life simple and pencils were plentiful, a time well spent in the self-teaching of drawing.
While no proper art schools were attended outside of high school, Gayle has had a wealth of jobs which required the need for an artistic eye. Art & drawing took a step way back when marriage and kids arrived.
Three events happened in 2007, an injury, a therapist and a grade one field trip.
An injury at work to Gayle's right arm, required the help of a therapist who used the love of art, doing imaginary wall paintings would encourage movement, the theory being that if you have a love of what you are doing the pain is more easily ignored.
A trip to Calgary to visit her daughter and grand kids was to include a grade one field trip with her oldest grand daughter to the Leighton Art Institute in the foot hills of Calgary. Everyone was given a small blank book and a HB pencil, then sent out into nature to draw what we seen. As Oprah says it was an 'aha' moment, 'this is what I was supposed to be doing all along'.
Hours and hours of practice, studying techniques, watching and re-learning skills continued.
Re-discovering the tools of drawing, the papers and vast array of graphite pencils, colour pencils & water colour pencils, more hours of experimentation, creation of a personal style of Conceptional Realism and conceptual humour.
In 2015 Gayle finally challenged herself to let the public see her art.
If you need to figure out where you need to be, go back to grade one and start again.