Gail Howard is a Pacific Northwest artist now residing in Tacoma, Washington.
The process of making art is as important to me as the finished object. It’s meditation, calming my chaotic mind by focusing on the things around me to try to distill ideas down to essential elements.
Much of the decision-making happens beforehand so that when I finally do pick up my tools, my mind relaxes and my hands take over to 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 the surface multiplies into a dense accumulation of pattern.
I hope my work conveys a sense of the peacefulness I have while I work and that it functions as a jumping off point for viewers’ own thoughts and reflections.