Gail was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She began her art training
at age seven from a prominent Alberta artist. Taking weekly art labs
lasting two to three hours, it demonstrated to her parents that the
decision to enroll Gail into these advanced lessons was the correct
decision. Being exposed to art at such an early age allowed Gail to
experience many different mediums.
early lessons formed Gail's ability to capture through the study of
live models, her lifelike originals of both the human and animal form.
Gail continued with her artwork even after she was employed as a layout
artist with a major company in Edmonton. Along with this responsibility
as a layout artist, Gail had the opportunity to produce local radio
and television commercials. Due to her combined experience, Gail found
herself employed with a large advertising firm in downtown Edmonton.
From there Gail and Dave (her husband) opened their own advertising
firm. This allowed Gail the flexibility to start raising a family, plus
continue to do her many commissions. It was at this point in Gail's
career she made the decision that art, being the driving force in her
life; would become her life long love and career. Gail continued as
an owner of the advertising agency with the arrival of their son Darren.
It was then that she took a less active role in the daily business operation.
This allowed her to devote more time to her painting studies.
In order to stay at home with her young son Darren and further her own
studies with Shepy National Art School Gail began to teach a small art
class on weekends. She soon discovered that not only was she benefiting
from her own art classes at the institute, but also from the devotion
to her art students. Because Gail wanted to convey the joy and true
appreciation of art to her young students it would require her own personal
growth through enrollment in seminars, symposiums, lectures, field trips
and a daily routine dedicated to studying and practical application
of her learned art skills. Gail soon realized pastel was the medium
that she felt most comfortable portraying the inexplicable creatures
that exist here on earth.
Moving to Saskatoon and the arrival of their daughter Leanne allowed
her to continue to teach art to adults and children from her home. Today
Gail proudly has a successful art school; "Gail Adams School of Art".
Gail with her two assistant art teachers still demonstrate the same
commitment and dedication of exposing over 250 students to the true
appreciation and love of art.
She has always supported and encouraged the youth of today. Gail as
a former member of the Prairieland Exhibition Fine Art Committee, as
well as current member of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Artist Association
has been very instrumental in the high quality and number of submissions
in these two outstanding art competitions. Gail not only actively supports
these art competitions, but also through her donations continues to
support youth and various wildlife organizations throughout North America.
In 1999, Gail became involved at ground level with the Glenn County
Sheriff's Junior Search & Rescue in Orlando, California. Gail donated
this start up group ( kids 12 yrs. to 17 yrs.) a print of "Hello World"
which they auctioned to generate the initial capital to finance bake
sales and other fund raising activities. This youth group under the
direction of Cpt. Rene Janes (Youth Director of Glenn County Sheriff's
Junior Search & Rescue) and with the training and educational support
of the California National Guard (Drug Demand Reduction Command), worked
hard to earn money to purchase uniforms. The Junior Search & Rescue
presented Gail with a certificate of appreciation for starting them
out. Gail was so impressed with the group and what they had achieved
in such a short time, that she donated her original " First Glance"
and the print rights to further generate funding for this industrious
group. The original has been sold and Gail has stipulated that 25% of
all proceeds from the sale of this original or prints shall be used
to buy United States Savings Bonds. They are awarded to members for
outstanding community service, not as a scholarship program, this way
it allows each member to choose a trade school or university.
Gail received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for
her Generosity, and on July 31st, 1998, Governor Pete Wilson of California,
gave Gail a letter that states" You have truly distinguished yourself
to not only be a talented artist and role model, but a compassionate
humanitarian who knows no boundaries as well. I salute you for giving
so generously to numerous charities, and for being such a devoted advocate
for the children all over the world".
In January of 1999 when Gail was at the Safari Club International Art
show a special representative of the U.S. Treasury presented Gail with
the U.S. Treasure Eagle Award for Humanitarian Support of American’s
Youth. As a result of all the volunteer service, by members of this
pilot program, (helping the elderly, work with younger & handicap children,
sponsoring a child through Christian Childrens Fund, and provided a
Safe & Fun Halloween Night at their fair grounds, etc) and all the remarkable
attention they have received, a group in the state of Nevada made the
request that the California Juniors help set up a program in their state.
The State of Nevada is looking at purchasing an original of Gail's depicting
the state animal to hang in the governor's mansion. This is the first
original of Gail's newest quest " The Wildlife Array of North America
(Series of 91 originals depicting 1 animal or bird of each state and
province of Canada, United States, and Mexico).
Gail has had several opportunities come her way because of the generosity
she showed to both the Nevada and California youth groups. Her originals
are now showing in the Richardson Fine Art Gallery in Reno, Nevada and
contract negotiations are going on with three of the main organizers
for California, Nevada, and Arizona Art shows to have Gail showing with
Gail has had many successes due to her commitment and personal dedication.
Gail's eye for detail has attracted a major tapestry manufacturer in
Virginia; U.S.A. to license Gail's images for reproduction on tapestries,
pillows, and clocks throughout North America. A company from Calgary
has chosen Gail’s images to be laser etched onto marble granite tiles.
These can be done in various sizes or images.
In the fall of 2000 Gail’s print "Summer
Solitude" was chosen by the Kidney Foundation of Saskatchewan,
for their print program. This image will be published and promoted in
the fall of 2001.
Her "Graceful Innocence"
original has been chosen by Phone Directories Company as a front cover
of a phone directory for 2001. International Pastel Artists magazine
from Australia has awarded 3rd place for her “Graceful Innocence” original
in the Animal category as well as Honorary Mention for her “Nestled
Attitude” original. This was a worldwide competition for pastel artists.
is thankful for this God given talent which has allowed her to realize
the fulfillment one achieves when able to work with one's own passion.
In 2001, Gail and Dave moved back home to Edmonton where she continues her busy schedule including teaching seminars and attending up to 15 shows yearly.