Gail Fields

In these uncertain times, nothing gives me more joy than to look down at my palette, alive with colors telling me — inviting me — challenging me. Patiently waiting for me to “Say something, Gail.”

My palette awaits me – colors full of energy. My canvas sometimes primed with a color, sometimes pure white. My paint brush or palette knife in hand. I start my journey.

Childhood memories and impressions from the past inspired Gail. Her keen interest in colors that she experienced in her family’s flower gardens, walks through fields of wild flowers, and even the elderly lady, Mrs. Lovett who presented her with colorful bouquets on my birthdays were all inspirations.

Her “Fields of Flowers”, “Bouquets, ” Sunflowers” all celebrate life. Her series of “Paths” are invitations to the viewer to join her in her journey. If she could bring the viewer into the painting and share a romp through a field of wild flowers or a walk down a shady lane, she felt she then had recreated the spirit of her childhood that she remembered, imagined and frequented. Those memories became her paintings.

Education

Parsons School of Design, NYC , Painting and Graphic Design

BA  Degree Psychology, with minor in Art, member National Honor Society in Psychology.

(PSI CHI)  Western Connecticut State College, Danbury, CT

MS Degree Art Therapy, Bridgeport University, Bridgeport, CT

Art Teacher’s Certification, Southern Connecticut State College, New Haven, CT

Galleries

2009 – Cortile  Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2007 – 2008 Wohlfarth Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2006 – Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, MA
2005 – Raffello Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2004 – Thanassi Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2001 – 2004 – Fields Gallery, Provincetown,  MA
1980 – 1986 – Gallery One, Hillsdale, NY
1989 – 1996 – Landmark Gallery, Wallingford, CT
1987 – The Brown Pelican, Naples, FL
1977 – Genesis Gallery, NYC
1976 – Newtown Square Gallery, Newtown CT
1977 – Brinsmaid Gallery, New Cannan, CT
1978 – Brinmar Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1978 – The Douglas Gallery, Stamford, CT
1974 – The Hoffman Gallery, Danbury, CT
1972 – The Hastings Little Gallery, The Harvey School, Katonah, NY

Juried Exhibitions

2003 – 2008 – Provincetown Art Association, Provincetown, MA
1974 – 1980 – Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT (Charter Member)
1974 – 1979 – Kent Art Association, Kent, CT
1980 – Connecticut Classic Artists, Bridgeport, CT
1977 – Heritage Village, Southbury, CT
1977 – New Haven Pencil and Brush, New Haven, CT
1974 – Silvermine Guild Of Artists, 25th New England Exhibition, New Canaan, CT
1974 – Academic Artists Assoc. 25th Annual National Exhibition of Realistic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA
1974 – Connecticut Women Artists, 45th Annual Exhibition, John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT

Solo Shows

2004       Fields Gallery, Provincetown, CT
1988       Burnham Library, Bridgewater, CT
1978       The Silo, New Milford, CT
1975        Ridgefield Public Library, Ridgefield, CT

Collections

US Coast Guard Permanent Collection, Washington, DC
National Bank, Lee, MA
Monadnock Paper Mills, Monadnock, NH
Numerous Private collections

Memberships

PAAM – Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Provincetown, MA
CCAA – Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, MA
1976 – Designed commemorative medal featuring Benedict Arnold.

Statement

Working with Anne Packard, as a graphic designer and publisher (Fields Publishing)…the “Anne Packard” coffee table book…she could feel Gail’s yearning to be get back to her aints and brushes. A year long of being exposed to Anne’s art while viewing and editing paintings for her book renewed Gail’s longing.

One summer Anne invited Gail to her studio to paint with her. (She was still on crutches from recent hip surgery.)  Gail picked flowers from her garden and arranged them in a blue ceramic bowl. She sat at her easel, Gail “How can I help you…what do want”? she asked. “I want to work in a totally opposite way from which I was working. No more precise tight paintings responded Gail.

As she started her first painting by applying the paint to the canvas…a pink peony was coming to life…Anne stated, “Stop! You’ve made too much of a commitment. Use your biggest brush; block in all the shapes on your canvas. Less is more, capture the essence…say as little as possible, invite the viewer in…let them complete the painting.

Listening, learning, paying attention to Anne’s comments transformed Gail’s lightly controlled art. Working with big canvas, big brushes transformed her paintings into free explosions of expression with color, light, texture.

Anne guided and inspired me. “Your paintings should speak with your own voice”, “paint paintings not pictures”, “let your painting sing” she reminds me.

Gail unveiled her new voice, and her paintings sing her new songs.


~Gail Fields~