Gail has a Masters Degree in Studio Art from Northern Illinois University and has been a professional artists for 25 years. She is a signature member of The Colored Pencil Society of America and has received the society’s Five Year Award, Ten Year Award, and two individual awards. Her work has been published in he Best of Colored Pencil volumes IV and XVII, American Artist Magazine and in the cover art on the tins of Blick Studio Colored Pencils. Gail has exhibited in numerous juried art shows throughout the United States. She also exhibited in several galleries and her drawings are in public and private collections.
Gail’s family has been enjoying the beauty and serenity of Islesford for six generations and she and her father, John Tarbox, have found the island to be artistically stimulating and bountiful in its subject matter.
The Simplicity on natural beauty on Islesford during her yearly visits inspire many of Gail’s still life drawings. Island beaches provide the rocks, shells, and other treasures which become the focus of most of her drawings. Layers of brands of colored pencils are used to create each object in a drawing. Detailed objects are interwoven with calming negative space. Every drawing is and attempt to capture Islesford’s magical qualities and timeless beauty.