Gael is a qualified teacher and illustrator of over 15 years experience and runs local classes specialising in developing compositions that suit the material she is painting. Gael has written and published a number of articles, the most important of which was ‘painting nature on vellum’ in 2004. Gael has been teaching adults since 1992 utilising natural objects, affected, renounced and used by nature. Painting in watercolour (usually on vellum) recreating a season, a feeling, a scent or an experience for posterity. Gael relishes detail and is passionate about recreating this for the viewer to enjoy and treasure.
I have worked part and full time as a botanical and natural history artist for over fifteen years Following an early career in the NHS in human resources, I trained in fashion skills and pattern cutting, creating wedding dresses and evening wear, relishing the textures and colours of beautiful natural fibres. Continuing to paint and draw I also worked in senior management roles in the NHS and voluntary sector, and for six years ran a successful consultancy business, before becoming a full time natural history artist and teacher. I now develop work for exhibition and to commission from my own studio in North Hertfordshire.