Bordering on the Mystical
Born in Montreal in 1962, the second of four girls, Gail Descoeurs grew up as a child of nature – blessed with the love of supportive parents. Nurtured by the atmospheric forests surrounding her small town home, the young girl’s imagination soared. That inspiration lives inside her to this day. She shares, "When I am in the forest, on a mountain, beside a quiet lake or an ocean I feel so alive, at peace and connected. They are very spiritual places for me." Her father’s love for nature and art was a valuable childhood influence and Gail spent many hours sketching alongside him. At the age of 17, her passion for oil painting emerged, when she took out her father’s easel and oils and put brush to canvas. "I laugh when I think back at the results of that first painting," she says, "but I simply painted freely with joy and without guidance of any sort. My father was very generous with his comments on my early art work and that memory makes me smile today in gratitude. Those positive words were so motivating." For the first eight years, Gail painted anything and everything. Later, she expanded her artistic horizons by attending watercolour classes with local teachers, but oil paints beckoned her back every time. She finds that oils offer quality and a feeling of control – allowing her to enter into a timeless, silent and beautiful place. Sometimes, that’s where the painting takes on a life of its own.
left, Blazing Maple, oil on canvas, 36" x 24" above, Symphony Of Light, oil on canvas, 30" x 30"