BIO • Gail Wallinga was born and raised in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. She received a BA in Psychology from the University of Montana and a BFA in Graphic Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Since 1994, Gail has been creating visually engaging communication tools for regional clients through her graphic design business, Wallinga Design. Gail currently paints in her Northeast Minneapolis studio.
ARTIST STATEMENT • As a percussionist, I have an intimate relationship with rhythm and beat and what lies under the whole of a composition. It is the same with painting — rhythm translates into visual texture and form. Music informs painting, as painting informs music.
Nature has her own pulsing intricacies. I spent years taking close up photographs of nature, studying the shapes and textures, fascinated by the exquisite designs present in that world. Nature is where I feel most whole and at peace.
In painting, I narrate stories of internal and external relationships and connect them to a sense of well-being. There is the freedom to depict the illusive shadow side as a part of light, the life force in all of us. Individual paintings are like snapshots in a book, each revealing another missing piece of the story.
Disconnect and grief becomes connection and joy through painting. The cycle
is complete. I can turn the page.