Gail Sauter, Painter

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I am an avid people watcher and observer of everyday life. I use thick paint, rich colors, and gestural brush work to explore moments when people are caught in the act of being themselves, absorbed in what they’re doing, and unaware of my presence.  I study their body language, and imagine who they might be, often adding a touch of whimsy to the mix. Although my work is triggered by direct observation, the paintings are developed from visual memories — the after-image that remains in my mind’s eye. This process allows me to move freely between observation, memory, and invention, and to expand and distill my original experience, tapping into the essence of the moment.

I am newly arrived in Asheville from Maine (everyone should do a cross-country move during a pandemic at least once in their lives!). I have a BFA degree from the University of Oklahoma, and artist residence fellowships from the Vermont Studio School, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), IPark in Connecticut, Atlin Art Center in British Coumbia. I was also an artist in residence in Acadia National Park, Maine. I am a master in the Pastel Society of America. I have lived in Japan, Italy and England and travel extensively, paintbox in hand, looking for those spontaneous moments when people are caught in the act of being themselves, going about their daily lives, unaware of the beauty the surrounds them.
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