Gail’s wa­ter­colour world

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Moya Stevens

ARTIST of the Month at Dou­glas Art Base (DAB) in Moss­man is Gail Shaw and her works are show­cased on the Fea­ture Wall of DAB’s Mill Street Gallery for all of April.

Gail works with wa­ter­colour and her rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the trop­i­cal north are both sub­tle and bold, us­ing the trans­par­ent na­ture of wa­ter­colour to high­light the elu­sive qual­i­ties of the plants and an­i­mals of this en­vi­ron­ment.

Gail worked in the ad­ver­tis­ing in­dus­try for 40 years as a copy­writer, art di­rec­tor and cre­ative di­rec­tor in agen­cies in Aus­tralia and over­seas.

“While paint­ing and draw­ing since early child­hood, my ad­ven­tures in pure wa­ter­colour re­ally took off af­ter a short art course at the Tin Sheds Gallery at Syd­ney Univer­sity,” Gail said.

“I then joined a group of other wa­ter­colour artists in a weekly work­shop and took part in more than 10 an­nual wa­ter­colour shows at Bal­main’s Watch House Gallery,” she said.

Hav­ing stud­ied wa­ter­colour with Ian Chap­man at the Ju­lian Ashton Art School and taked work­shops with lead­ing wa­ter­colour artists Alvero Cas­tenet, Joseph Zbu­vic, He­len Gold­smith and Cherry Hood, Gail be­came a vol­un­teer art teacher at a women’s refuge in Syd­ney’s Kings Cross.

“My hus­band and I moved to Whyan­beel Val­ley in 2004 where I have a cus­tom-built stu­dio,” Gail said, “and I joined Art House Port Dou­glas as a wa­ter­colour teacher.”

Gail re­ceived a Re­gional Arts De­vel­op­ment Fund grant in 2010 for a solo ex­hi­bi­tion, Paint­ing Par­adise, held at Kar­nak Play­house.

In 2016 Gail was in­vited to join Port Dou­glas Artists in a group ex­hi­bi­tion, Gond­wana’s Gar­den, at the Tanks Cen­tre in Cairns. “Last year I be­gan teach­ing wa­ter­colour work­shops at DAB in Moss­man, and I con­tinue teach­ing in my stu­dio in the Whyan­beel Val­ley,” she said.

Gail has tu­tored at four wa­ter­colour cour­ses at DAB over the past two years and with up to 10 stu­dents per course, her pop­u­lar­ity is ev­i­dent.

The DAB Gallery in Mill Street, Moss­man is open Mon­days to Satur­days from 10am to 2pm. This se­mes­ter’s pro­gram guide and course de­tails are avail­able on DAB’s web­site www.dab­moss­ or by phon­ing 4098 3337.


Whyan­beel artist Gail Shaw

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