Gayle fulwyler Smith
Gayle fulwyler Smith’s light-filled watercolors--of Southwestern landscapes, flowers, old buildings and animals on her farm and of places visited in the Americas and Europe-- have won numerous awards and are in many private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad.
Over many years I have worked to develop the skill to express in my paintings and drawings what is important to me-- the way the light illuminates just those branches in the middle of many branches, the translucent salmon color of those roses, the majesty of cliff faces in the desert. I keep trying to see my world in a fresh way and, hopefully, share some of the wonder with others.
I studied art and humanities at University of New Mexico, University of Colorado, Denver University, Famous Artists Correspondence course and various workshops. I taught watercolor and drawing for many years. My work has been juried into regional and national shows and competitions, including Watercolor West and Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition, and has won many awards. It was included in the “International Artist magazine” and also “The Best of Watercolor” and “Landscape Inspirations”, both published by Rockport Publishers, Inc.
Her work may be seen by appointment at her Studio/Gallery in Embudo, New Mexico.
I was born in Twin Falls, Idaho. We moved to Pocatello when I was seven, but I spent time, especially in summers, on my grandparents’ farm in Twin Falls, close to the land and the animals. The oldest of five, I and my brother, next in line, went often with our father to walk the sagebrush hills and clamber up mountain trails to look for places he might go hunting in the fall. My Dad took his movie camera on these hikes, especially to the places we might see mountain sheep or goats clinging to the cliffs. Although some of these treks were difficult and stressful, I became intimately connected to the trees and rocks and wildflowers on the hills. That feeling of being connected has stayed with me my whole life.
I began then to try to paint some of what we saw and where we had been with a small watercolor set purchased at the five and ten cent store.
When I graduated from High School my grandmother’s gift was a correspondence course, the “Famous Artist Course” out of Rockport, Connecticut I completed that over the next four years. I also married that fall and began working at odd jobs to help “put hubby through” his college years. My daughter was born two years later and two sons, two and three years after that. My husband helped and encouraged me to go back to school, which I did, focusing on liberal arts. I thought I would be more involved with writing than with art.
Later, I attended workshops with people whose work I admired, and took more college classes in art. Then in Los Alamos, began teaching watercolor and drawing at the UNM extension, then leading workshops myself.
I’ve lived with my husband, Harvey Frauenglass for over thirty years tucked against a mountain, in an old adobe and rock house which overlooks an orchard, below which runs a river. I have a little of the hills and rivers and even my grandparents farm here with me.
Over the years I have painted the landscape around me and wherever we have traveled. I’ve painted the animals have lived here with us, although the ducks and geese have morphed into mostly cats and horses.
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