Bor­der­ing on the Mys­ti­cal

Arabella - - NEWS - Lorie Lee Steiner

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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"

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