Gailene was born in Auckland, but now divides her time between there and Mangawhai Heads, where she can appreciate the coastal views. Although she studied Oil painting in the 1970's, she turned to watercolours in later years and is a member of several art groups, where she has undertaken selected lessons and workshops.
Gailene enjoys the challenge of watercolour, and has developed her own style through trying to achieve the kind of spontaneous control, a sense of movement and the compelling colours that her work is noted for.
She has spent many years sailing the coast of New Zealand with her husband John and her watercolour paintings portray her love of seascapes, the atmospheric patterns in our skies and the effect of light and colour of our landscape.
In recent years Gailene has also become interested in using mixed media to create contemporary works of clean, clear, vibrant colours. Both watercolour and mixed media fulfil her desire to experiment with textures and glazes. Gailene has been exhibiting and selling her work since 2004, and it is currently included in various private collections.
We hope you enjoy this exhibition of her current work. Thank you.
Recent successes include:
Awarded Second at Royal Easter Show Art Awards, March 2016
Awarded First at Auckland Watercolour Society Annual Merit Awards, October 2015.
Awarded Second at ART @ Orakei Exhibition October 2015.
Awarded Best Watercolour at ARTerslie Exhibition, June 2015 and 2016.
Voted First in the Peoples Choice Competition at Auckland East Arts Council, Grace Joel Exhibition, May 2015.
Awarded Merit at Royal Easter Show Art, April 2015.
Awarded First at Auckland East Arts 30th Birthday Exhibition, October 2014.
Awarded First Overall at ARTerslie, June 2014.
Awarded First in Section 1, Class 1, Watercolour & Inks at Franklin Arts Festival, September 2013.