Friday, September 9, 2016

Artist Profile: Gayle Simpson

Gayle Simpson
El Dorado Hills, CA

1. How do you describe yourself?  I am a 66 year old artist, wife, Mom, Grandma, and a lucky three- year cancer survivor.

2. What is your creative process?  I first visualize my art piece based on my own photography or mind- gripping graphic subject matter. I never predict the finished dimensions unless I have to conform to a juried specific size. Color and contrast is important in most of my work, but not all.

3. Describe your studio space.  My studio is a downstairs 8 by 12 foot room with great light, storage, and a 6 by 5 foot magnetic design stainless steel perforated wall piece. My husband also made me a two by four platform bed with a plexiglass top that fits around my Bernina 430 QE. I have a garage dyeing- sink.

4. What's your signature style?  How long did it take you to find your style when you first started making art quilts?  I have always created landscapes in natural colors, silhouettes, and graphic compositions. Art quilts were a new medium for me in 2007; maybe it took a year to really embrace the process. I started with machine raw-edge applique; now I prefer whole cloth painted work with stitching, paint and Prismacolor lines added later.

5. Are there artistic endeavors yet to do?  Each year I try to do new themes. This "Patterns" entry was completed before anticipated radiation. I pace myself to complete "wish list" pieces. I want to do a series on feathers, and later, bridges.

6. Do you keep a sketchbook or journal?  I do not journal or blog. I have kept sketchbooks in my earlier painting and drawing career; while they make nice little creative statements, they sap creativity from my actual art quilt projects, so I do not use this approach.

7. Do you have any instructional DVD's, are you an author of books, on a You Tube channel or have a website with other artists for collaborative projects?  No. There are not enough hours in the day!

8. Do you teach?  I have taught high school art and elementary school for 19 years. I used to do lectures and workshops for quilt guilds, including IQF Houston for two years in a row and as an artist in residence at Yosemite. The non-smoking lung cancer put the kabosh on all of that.

9. Where can people see your work?  I have 9 pieces and one giant collaborative in a two month "Q6" exhibit at 48 Natoma Gallery in Folsom, CA; the show involves 6 of us including Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki from SAQA. 
48 Natoma Gallery, Folsom,CA, September to November, 2016.  
Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild, February, 2017.
Yosemite Renaissance, February through March, 2017.

10. How many years have you had your work in Dinner @8 exhibits?  Four.

Do you have a special memory of Yvonne Porcella?  I have two thoughts. I met her once at Asilomar, and she was a wild thing and awesome. I exhibited next to her last year in Houston and Chicago. It was more exciting because of that!
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