Artist Gail Franke

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My love of art has been life-long.  As a child I was always drawing and working in pastels.  After high school I pursued a degree in art education from UW-Madison and a Master's degree in Special Education-Early Childhood from UW-Whitewater.  Incorporating art activities and art experiences were a key element I used in teaching children with special needs to build cognitive and language skills, and a sense of wonder and accomplishment.
I am now a full time artist.  I paint in oils because I love the rich color, the ability to apply thick and thin paint, and the ability to change things on my painting until I'm satisfied that I've captured what I intended to paint.  My fascination for boldly defined shapes, both in value and color contrast is often a key element that I look for when starting a painting.  I paint in the studio, but find myself more and more drawn to painting outside, even in winter.  I feel I see more clearly the beautiful subtlety of colors and light painting directly from nature, and I believe plein air painting enhances my studio work.  Painting  the landscape with its quickly changing light is exciting and challenging.
I also love to paint street scenes with people going about their everyday activities.  I often take my camera along as we travel, and take numerous pictures of people.  Then in my studio I use these photo references to paint the scenes that I found most intriguing. I find my studio work is a nice compliment to my plein air painting.
Some of my paintings on this website are available on Etsy, along with many other paintings.  To look at all these painting,  go to Etsy on the link below, and type in gailfrankeart in the search bar at the top of the page.
Oil Painters of America
 American Impressionist [...]

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