Once I found the home of Gail Henderson I entered an extensive showcase of her art. Everywhere I looked a piece as interesting as the last occupied its space on the walls of her home. I found her art  to be calming and organic on first contact and each abstract presented itself in a natural mood and color.

Gail has spent much time in the American Southwest and the high plains of Spain. The color, strength and stimulating energy of these locales has influenced her paintings to focus on these qualities in connecting with the viewer. In her words: “I find these locations to be stimulating as well as humbling with their heightened color and massive natural strength”. In her painting she uses layers of transparent color along with opaque passages of acrylic paint to imply the freshness and strength of the mountains, desert plains and the early peoples living there. “I build texture using thick paint, silica, resin, and metals to express the roughness of the terrain and natural attitude of the Southwest”.

Gail is a career educator, having earned her B.A and Ph.D from The Ohio State University and her M.A from Michigan State University. Her art career, however, was not related to her education background and it is something she has pursued in the last ten years. She developed her art through workshops, courses and by studying early and contemporary artists. Gail also lectures on the lives of artists, among those being Picasso, O’Keefe and the Abstract Expressionist painters of the 1950’s. She maintains that studying the recent master painters has provided insight into her own painting direction.

Gail’s work hangs in several private and corporate collections. Among those are Duke Power, PPD Inc., and the Randall Library at the North Carolina at Wilmington.Some of her juried exhibitions include the Wilmington Art Association;the Watercolor Society of North Carolina; the Womans Center in Chapel Hill; the Coastal Plains Exhibit in Wilson N.C.;South Cobb Arts Alliance in Atlanta;Northwest New Mexico Arts Council;the International Museum of Art in El Paso; the Vienna Arts Council in Vienna, VA.; the Cedar Key Arts Center in Cedar Key, Fla.; and International Watermedia XIV in Colorado Springs. She has had many solo exhibits including Abstract Journey at UNCW and Seeing the Unexpected at the WHQR Gallery, also in Wilmington. She teamed with Russian artist Vadim Bora for an exhibit at the Artists Gallery at Lumina Station in Wilmington.

Gail is represented by Raiford Gallery in Roswell,GA., the Little Art Gallery in Raleigh,NC., and the Sunset River Marketplace, Calabash,NC. If you have a chance you should view the wonderful paintings of this talented artist. Gails work may be viewed and you may contact the artist at her web site: Gail Henderson Art.