You know those biographies where the author has a varied yet somehow coherent career trajectory? Author, actor, set designer, painter etc. Well this isn’t one of those!
In her early 30’s Gail left the 9 -5 grind to do a Fine Art degree at Liverpool John Moores University followed by an MA at Lancaster University. She then stepped away from art to take up a role at animal rescue centre, there she worked with small animals and wildlife (which included filling her own home with homeless animals of all descriptions, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils) leaving absolutely no time for anything creative. However after a couple of years the desire to go back to her first love of painting was too great to ignore so she converted half her garage into a studio and began painting again.
In 2018 together with the Marine Engagement Officer at Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Sally Tapp, they ran a craft project with children from Sefton and made sea creatures from waste plastic. A summer of painting fish made from plastic bottles culminated in a display at Crosby library and a short film called Marine Litter Critters highlighting the amount of rubbish in our sea https://www.livingseasnw.org.uk/blog/sally-tapp/marine-litter-critters.
During lockdown Gail began hand cutting and decorating Christmas tree decorations for WWT and also fulfilled a commission to create a bespoke painting to be used as a WWT Christmas card; three king(fisher)s on stained glass. The cards are available in shops and online and the original painting is available to purchase POA