GAIL GUIRRERI-MASLYK’S artworks are influenced by painting on location, from life, and the understanding of color, brushwork and design which develops out of the practice. Using a simple composition, with just a few major shapes as a starting point, a finished painting slowly emerges. Working in oil, with a limited palette of five colors, a natural color harmony occurs. My brushwork is broadly applied and punctuated by generously layered, textural paint which creates a nearly sculptural quality.
In their approach, my paintings are contemporary realism. With a primary interest in simplified form and pattern, I explore naturalistic landscapes and parts of our built environment that evoke nostalgia and a sense of place.
I tend to prefer a simplified lifestyle punctuated by new things and my artwork reflects this personal aesthetic. Saying a lot without saying too much is important. Visually describing a subject without unnecessary embellishment and allowing the viewer to quietly participate is the experience my artwork offers.