Gale Smith Biography
Artist Bio and Statement
Whether Gale is painting en plein aire or in her studio, she finds endless inspiration from the landscape of Wilmington, North Carolina and its surrounding coastal areas. She is drawn to scenes that have strong light and shadows and that convey feelings of warmth and comfort.
Gale attended UNC Chapel Hill and then Meredith College where she studied design but she considers painting as an ongoing study. She has studied with Robert Longley at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, MA and also studied with Lois Griffel, the former director of the Cape Cod School of Art. She has also studied with nationally acclaimed artists as well. Gale is an award winning artist with her works exhibited in galleries, private collections and corporate installations.
Gale has found a new interest in working with copper. As a plein aire painter, she began using copper panels as her canvas and loved how the copper made her colors warm and vibrant.
She experimented with different gauges of copper and mediums and discovered that inks, dyes and oils on copper made colors radiate vibrantly. Never quite sure where the colors and copper will take her; she paints, cuts and weaves two abstract paintings together to create a dimensional piece or art. The soft curves that she cuts into the copper, allows her to form the piece into soothing and thought provoking structural designs. It is her desire that the viewer will experience a personal interaction with her art. Often, she writes small quotes, prayers or poems that relate to the piece of work on the back of the copper strips and weaves them into the design. Gale donates a portion of the proceeds from her sales to various organizations and charities.