GAIL PERRY

FINE ARTIST

 

01 about

A love of art became the foundation for a career in design. Born in Fresno, California, Gail earned a degree in Industrial Technology from Fresno State University and furthered her education at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles majoring in Advertising and Fashion Illustration. Her career in design began as Associate Art Director for Skin Diver Magazine and freelance illustrator for Motor Trend and Teen magazines. Returning to Fresno in 1975 she became a founding partner in the design firm of Graphics 2 providing award-winning creative design services in advertising and illustration to a diverse client base. She adds numerous American Advertising (ADDY) awards to her achievements. Included in her experience, Gail has been an advertising design instructor at Fresno State University, an Artist-In-Residence for the Fresno County Office of Education and has designed two books, "Huntington Lake: Celebrating 100 Years" and "The Clovis Rodeo: An American Tradition."

 

She now paints full-time creating fine art in watercolor, oil and acrylic mediums with a mastery of composition and technique, as well as a passion to capture a story for each subject. Gail's work is represented in both commercial and private collections and she has been a selected artist in Southwest Art magazine.

 

02 portfolio

 

FINE ART COMMISSIONS

Award-winning artist Gail Perry specializes in both private and corporate art commissions. Custom portraiture is uniquely created in oil or watercolor mediums as well as works for sports establishments, landscape and themed requests.   Please contact Gail for a special commission and quote.

03 Artist Statement | CV

Artist Statement

 

As an artist I draw inspiration from ordinary experiences and objects; my father wearing his old straw hat while picking the season’s best for my mother’s special pie; a crisp fall day with the wind swirling colorful leaves; or that first moment of witnessing grief among sacred symbols and holy rituals.

 

These are portraits of life; the subjects I paint—everyday scenes that capture an emotion with a goal to immerse the viewer. They convey the expression on a child who doesn’t want to pose for a painting and would rather be playing outside or, best buddies who played hooky to go fishing at the river.

 

I see art everywhere. My mind is a vast and fertile space collecting images and ideas that elevate my thinking and orchestrate ideas for the characters, setting, composition, and execution of what I create.

 

While I feel comfortable working in a variety of mediums, I strive to master the technical control necessary for watercolor, the ability to have my brushes dance with oil on a canvas, or laying down simple lines in pencil to suggest form and space. Experimentation with traditional mediums and digital techniques has also allowed me to push boundaries of generalities and reinterpret realism.

 

I continue to challenge myself, explore ideas, and gather experiences on my journey to inspire.

Exhibitions

 

2006 - County Bank

2008 - Fresno Art Hop

2010 - San Joaquin River Parkway Trust

2015 - Solo Exhibit Fresno City Hall. 

2016 - Group Show

            "A Sense of Place Gallery"

2017 - Group Show

            "Gallery Strada"

2017 - California State University

           "Summer Arts"

2017 - Fresno District Fair

2017 - San Diego Watercolor Society

          "H20 Portrayals"

2018 - Reedley College

            Center for Fine & Performing Arts

2018 - Fresno District Fair

2018 - Southwest Art Annual Competition

            Finalist

2019 - San Diego Watercolor Society

           39th Annual International Exhibit

Grants and Awards

 

1973 to 1992 - Golden Oak Awards

1993 to 2015 - AAF ADDY Awards

Fresno Advertising Silver Medal Award

2013 - Grant: Artist in Residence

            Fresno County Office of Education

2015 - ADDY Gold Award

2017 - Fresno District Fair

            Best in Show, 1st Place and

            People's Choice Award

2018 - Fresno District Fai

             Honorable Mention

2019 - San Diego Watercolor Society

           39th Annual International Exhibit

Publications

 

American Corporate Identity

American Artist

Southwest Artist Magazine - December 2018

 

04 contact

gperryg2@aol.com

Tel: 559-284-8633

7502 N. Monte Ave. Fresno, CA 93711