Gail Howard has an undergraduate degree in art history from University of Colorado, Boulder and an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. Her paintings and site-specific installations have been shown in numerous U.S. venues, particularly in California and Washington State. Gail's work is available at the Seattle Art Museum's Rental & Sales Gallery and by appointment at her studio on Vashon Island, a brief ferry ride from Seattle.
"The process of making art is as important to me as the finished object. It’s my way of meditating, of calming my chaotic mind and focusing on the things around me so that I can distill my ideas down to the essential elements.
Much of the decision-making happens in my head beforehand so that when I finally do pick up my tools, my mind relaxes and my hands perform the labor-intensive, repetitive work. At a distance the pieces often appear minimal and quiet but a shift occurs as you come closer and see the surface is a dense accumulation of pattern.
I hope my pieces convey a sense of the peacefulness I have while I work and that they function as jumping off points for viewers’ thoughts and reflections."