"Is that really watercolor?" is the question that people ask when first seeing Gail Faulkner's paintings. What comes to mind when most people envision watercolor are pale, loose washes of color, not the controlled detail of Gail Faulkner's realistic still lifes.
"Art has always played a role in my life in some capacity, but it wasn't until recent years that I've been able to fully devote myself to my painting. I picked up a watercolor brush and never put it down. I love the challenge of detail and realism, and enjoy painting the things that surround me in my life and in nature. My paintings have been described as vibrant and having depth. My goal has never been to make a statement with my art, but simply to paint objects that I find beautiful and that will give my viewers the same pleasure."
Following a career in the medical field, Gail attended the Philadelphia College of Art and the Sanski Art Center in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
Gail's work has received numerous awards, including first place in both the 2008 California Gold Coast Watercolor Society show and the prestigious Santa Paula Society of the Arts show -- the longest running juried show in California. In both 2009 and 2010, Gail was again awarded first place in watercolor in the Santa Paula show, along with both first and second place in the People's Choice Award and the Douglas Shively Award of Excellence by Jury of Peers.