My name is Gail Juszczak and I live in Southern Wisconsin. I have a bachelor’s degree in Art Education from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. I was interested in art in high school and found that was my place of comfort and joy. I found peace and also discovered personal confidence and relaxation drawing. My love for art and wanting to share my passion for creative expression led me to become an art teacher.
During graduate school in Architecture, I grew to love watercolor painting. I began to experiment with watercolor washes for my assigned Architectural assignments. From that, I gained more interest and some knowledge of the medium. I always loved nature, gardening and plants and started using my photographs as inspiration to create watercolor paintings. I usually painted at home from the photos and still do using my photographs as inspiration for my paintings.
After working with plants and nature for years, I decided to experiment with other subjects that interested me. A friend of mine, who has been a painter all of her life, hosted a watercolor class that inspired me to look more closely at things unseen and focus on design and color. My series of striped painting resulted with this influence. This class continues to influence my work today.
Now that I am a retired teacher, I have the time to travel and work more intensely on my painting. I have gone through many changes during my painting and am sure I will continue to change with life’s changes. I feel that each of my paintings contain a unique story. I enjoy sharing those stories with others.
I continue to find joy and satisfaction working with watercolors and am proud to be a member of Lake Mills Arts Alliance and Wisconsin Watercolor Society. I have had my work at multiple shows locally, in various places in Wisconsin and at Watercolor USA in 2018.
I love to paint images that have depth. Use of perspective, shadow, layers of color, and both wet on wet paint mixed with clear and bright edges often helps me to complete this illusion. I usually draw lightly for my sketches and leave very little sketch left when the painting is complete. I almost always use Arches cold press 300 pound paper. Red sable brushes are my favorite choice as they hold paint well and last a long time. I often use Da Vinci for my brushes. Quality watercolor paints are also important to quality paintings and I use Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors or Winsor & Newton. I am grateful to have friends and family who support my artistic focus.
Thank you to Doodlewash for the opportunity to share my work and thank you everyone for taking time to read my story! I would love to answer any questions you have or hear your comments, and please do keep in touch at the links below!Recommended4 recommendationsPublished in