"Is that really watercolor?" is a question that Gail Faulkner frequently hears when people first see her detailed,
realistic still lifes. She fell in love with the Old Masters in high school, visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art
and the Rodin Museum. Art has always played a role in Gail's life in some capacity, but it wasn't until retiring from
a career in the medical field that she attended the Philadelphia College of Art to pursue her love of the arts.
Later, after moving to California, among the artists she studied with was Norman Kirk, renowned Ventura County
watercolorist. It was Kirk who encouraged her to stick with her style of controlled, detailed painting.
Among her many exhibits, Gail Faulkner's art appeared in the California Art Club's 2017 juried exhibit
Musical Motifs, a juried exhibit at the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, and a collection of her work
was featured in the Carnegie Art Museum's 2017 watercolor exhibit Soluble Power, as well as the 2015,
2016 and 2017 American Women Artists' juried spring competitions, and a solo exhibit at the Museum of
Ventura County Agriculture Museum.
Among the artist's numerous awards are first place in the 2008 California Gold CoastWatercolor Society
exhibit and multiple first place awards in the Santa Paula Society of the Arts exhibits of 2008, 2009, 2010
and 2011 along with the Douglas Shively Award of Excellence in 2009 and 2010.
Following years of working in graphic design and in business, Gail now devotes herself to her love of painting
She loves the challenge of detail and realism. Her goal has never been to make a statement, but simply to find
beauty in the objects that surround her, and to give her viewers the same pleasure. Gail's award winning
watercolors can be found in collections across the country. She is an Artist Member of the California Art Club
and an American Women Artists Artist of Distinction. Gail is represented by Tartaglia Fine Art in Ojai, CA.
Her home and studio are in Ventura, California.