I look at people a lot, and I’m mindful of the way people are looking at themselves, capturing selfies with their readily available phone cameras. My portraits riff on the idea of a selfie, often incorporating the phone/camera that feels like an extension of the self. When I was sequestered during Covid I turned my gaze on myself.
My painting technique captures the variety of elements that build up a painting. I let my bare canvas show through in places, exposing the base. I reveal my rough sketching in places. I use simple monochrome washes for the figure, and layer on thick, textured paint for the clothing. The resulting painted surfaces shift between transparent and opaque.
I have studied painting and graphic design at the Massachusetts College of Art and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. I share my love of contemporary art as a tour guide at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.
Thank you for your attention to my art work.
PORTRAIT OF A CHECKERED DRESS
As seen at the Somerville Museum, Open Studios, 2021
As seen at the Bromfield Gallery, Boston, 2022
BLACK DRESS, BLUE BLOUSE
ODE TO SARGENT
As seen at Cambridge Art Association ‘Strategies of Resplendence’, 2022
As seen at the Somerville Museum, Open Studios, 2022.
Riff on gemstones
Frames by Hayward Zwerling
Prices on request.
Gail Zwerling can be reached at SheShedPainter@icloud.com.