As artists we are influenced by our life experiences. For generations, our families have chosen to make Bruce County their home. This exhibit demonstrates how living in a place we love drives us in the images and colours we choose for our paintings. Art in all forms connects people and place. Our hope is that you will relate to the emotions and connections we have with this area as expressed through our work.
“As an artist I am inspired by the images and colours I see in the world around me. Painting provides me creative moments of joy as well as challenges and as much as I love to paint, it is the challenges that lead me into pushing boundaries and trying something new.”
Gayle is a painter and instructor in both acrylic and watercolour mediums. Her inspiration comes from nature, primarily focusing on skies, water, trees and rural landscapes. Her images are semi-representational, impressionistic and sometimes, outright abstract.
Originally from Toronto, she began her art journey in in the early 90’s when she moved to London, Ontario where she took lessons from many talented artists, learning and developing her own style. She has been teaching classes and workshops since 2001 in London and Southwestern Ontario and at the Southampton Art School since 2013.
She has been a member of the Shoreline Artists since 2016 and sat on the Southampton Arts Board from 2017 to 2020. During her years in London, Gayle served as President for the Lambeth Art Association, The Brush and Palette Club and The Ontario Central Art Association. She also worked as an Art Consultant for Tourism London.
In 2015 Gayle and her husband moved to Sauble Beach into their renovated cottage situated on land owned by her husband’s great grandparents since 1904. There, Gayle enjoys an inspiring view of the beach from her lake-view studio.
“As a self-taught artist, taking courses from a variety of talented individuals has always been my passion. I am continually amazed with the range of incredibly personal results which come from collective instruction. This speaks to my personal belief that within each of us is a uniquely individual art perspective waiting to be released.”
Margot’s life has afforded her the opportunity to live in many places. The study of art and culture in different countries shaped the vision she has for her own artistic expression. She continually experiments in a variety of mediums. Raising four children kept her grounded, while their Sauble Beach cottage has always been a constant. A full time return to Bruce County prompted a natural connection with Southampton Arts as a long-time student, Board Member, Gallery Artist and now staff member. Her greatest joy arises when something she has created connects with an individual and they are drawn in by her work. This is her motivation to keep creating.
We encourage you to think about where you live and how that influences your life.