Gale is at studio #8 during the 2023 tour.
The Willamette Valley has been home for over 50 years. I was fortunate to have been raised under a creative roof with parents that valued the arts & music along with science & nature. Those early influences have carried along through life to form the basis of my work.
I weave the natural world into art, creating stories and connecting with animals along the way. The storytelling methods jump through different forms: from wool to printmaking, ceramics, and drawing. Each material has a different strength that enables my voice to come through. I always have about 12 projects running at the same time. Animals continue to be a major influence throughout my life. It's fun to let the colors run wild with everything!
I share home with my amazing husband, a crazy terrier mix, two tubby torties, and an overly opinionated cockatoo.
The core wool used in all the sculptures is from a small farm with happy sheep on the outskirts of Philomath. Most wool is skirted, washed and processed at home. Some wool is processed locally in Lebanon. Either way, it helps make for sturdy animals. I love that farm and ewes.