I am a woman. I am happy and full of gratitude for the life I have had and the one I am living now. I am 75 and have been preparing all of my years for the chance to be the artist I have become. I know my limits and have learned them the hard way and the best way through experience. I have a treasure chest of ideas, drawings, paintings, and photographs of all my favorite images. I make new ones everyday.

 

I taught art for 33 years (half of it in the public school system) and was an artist myself showing my work about once a year at what ever gallery I was working out of. Usually I ran after school art classes.

 

I have been drawing ever since I can remember. My sister and I started drawing in church to pass the time. (She is an artist also) I had a retrospective show of my work in 1993 in Los Angles. I sold most of the show and made no profit. I think it was at that point I almost stopped painting and drawing for good. I was in L.A working on my Masters in Psychology at that time.

 

I retired from teaching in 1998 and moved from Michigan to Georgia where I had gone to college and always wanted to return and live in the south. I bought a house fell in love with the plumber who had come to help me with some problems. We have been married for 10 years and he is an old soul and we are soul mates!

 

My son has over the past years encouraged me to go back to art and I have resisted. After doing some traveling over the past couple of years I had a large collection of photos and in order to share them I put them on Flickr. Then I started looking around and the creative work out there opened my heart and I started to do art-play until now it is a passion and I can’t stop.

 

I use Corel photo paint pro x6 to make montages’ out of my photos and art work. I am using Corel photo paint pro x6 in combination to manipulate my images.

 

All my work is from my own images and textures.

 

I have a lot to learn and am just moving along a little each day with new ideas and techniques. I have ordered some prints made of some of my best work and will put together a portfolio and may have a show some time.

 

My subject matter is an expression of the things I believe in. Like simplicity, economy, peace, love, compassion, and beauty. I am a long time mediator so Buddhist principles are often expressed visually. I have always had a love of the egg shape and the circle so that is another theme that is just a part of the way I see the world. As an art teacher it has been my privilege to help others express their inner vision. I often fancied I would like to go into retreat and spend days in meditation. I went to a Vipassana Silent Meditation for 10 days the last two years. It was awesome! My life here now in rural Georgia is conducive to almost that degree of isolation. I can meditate on my art or on my breathing it doesn’t really matter for most of any given day if I choose.

 

Flickr has been a rich and wonderful source of support for my work. Thank you all for visiting my stream.

  

I have work on sale here:

gailpiland.imagekind.com/

  

gailp2rt.blogspot.com/

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  • JoinedAugust 2008
  • OccupationArtist and Retired teacher
  • HometownGrand Haven, MI
  • Current cityBowman, GA
  • CountryUSA
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Only a person of great inner beauty can juxtapose her passion for art combined with sensitivity and contentment. Gail Piland creates beautifully inspired and crafted compositions, imaginative, exciting, enchanting and original. God bless her and thanks for her gift.

March 20, 2012

A beautiful gallery, bravo! Good day on the ocean

October 3, 2017

What can I say about Gail. She is a woman who has lived for the arts and seems to have an inexhaustible reserve of creativity. She always had words to encourage you to continue your experiences with your photos. She is always there with her comments, she does not forget us. I love her images because they alw… Read more

What can I say about Gail. She is a woman who has lived for the arts and seems to have an inexhaustible reserve of creativity. She always had words to encourage you to continue your experiences with your photos. She is always there with her comments, she does not forget us. I love her images because they always reflect positivity, beauty and harmony in the colors. Flikr would be different if I could not admire the art of Gail, I hope we remain friends for many years to come. Dominique, with tenderness.

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March 9, 2011

My turn to surprise Gail. For the longest time now, I've been enjoying her artistic explorations through fractals and photo shop. And enjoying her kindness and thoughtfulness. While her collages are always intriguing and beautiful, I can say the same for Gail's fractals. Often mouth dropping good. Gail's art ofte… Read more

My turn to surprise Gail. For the longest time now, I've been enjoying her artistic explorations through fractals and photo shop. And enjoying her kindness and thoughtfulness. While her collages are always intriguing and beautiful, I can say the same for Gail's fractals. Often mouth dropping good. Gail's art often transports me to other realms and spiritual places. Places I don't ordinarily go. Makes me stop to think and as I am so busy on flick, this is a great accomplishment. Besides her great art I have been the lucky recipient of Gail's willingness to share and ongoing friendship. For this I am grateful. Gail makes me smile and I love it. Big hugs to you my friend, Renee☺

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June 9, 2010
Gina says:

Gail's photostream opens up like a book of miracles. Her subject matter is an artistic expression of the things she believes in like simplicity, economy, peace, love, compassion, and beauty. As an art teacher it has been her privilege to help others express their inner vision which is also her field of expertise as i… Read more

Gail's photostream opens up like a book of miracles. Her subject matter is an artistic expression of the things she believes in like simplicity, economy, peace, love, compassion, and beauty. As an art teacher it has been her privilege to help others express their inner vision which is also her field of expertise as is shown in her photos. Gail is friendly and social and always comments on other people's photos. She is one of my best friends in the Flickr community. I am proud to know her and I can only recommend a stroll through her wonderful photo stream. Regina Siebrecht M.A.

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April 28, 2010

a true artist

July 27, 2009
Ray Tomes says:

Gail is one of the most generous people that I have met on flickr. Her frequent comments are always positive and she promotes a way of living that is good for all. This compassion and caring are what I like most about her, but she is also a busy artist producing works with the same uplifting and often Buddhist themes. … Read more

Gail is one of the most generous people that I have met on flickr. Her frequent comments are always positive and she promotes a way of living that is good for all. This compassion and caring are what I like most about her, but she is also a busy artist producing works with the same uplifting and often Buddhist themes. Thank you Gail.

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March 17, 2009

Gail is a super awesome lady! She's my mom, my friend, and my hero. I love her very much!

November 8, 2008