Jean was born in London and has been involved in art all her life. She gained her qualifications in the UK and her works hang in private collections throughout New Zealand, Australia, UK, Canada and South Africa.
Having moved up to Mangawhai from Whanganui 5 years ago, where she exhibited and taught art, and was a finalist in the Telecom Art Awards, Jean is presently very involved in the local art scene, having opened her studio for the Mangawhai Artist Art Trail in 2015 and 2016.
She has worked with a variety of media, including oils, water-colour, textiles and printmaking, but her present preference is acrylics. She enjoys experimenting with new techniques and strives to evolve with different styles as she progresses. Jean is inspired by local scenes especially in and around Mangawhai and Auckland.
In August 2019 Gayle was one of seven Mangawhai printmakers in "Seven Impressions" at Mangawhai Artists Gallery. Her artist statement reads:
"The intricate qualities of these delicate flowers are revealed as the petals slowly unfold. They appear fragile but are deceivingly resilient. The background texture of the Nerine reflects the movement of the narrow stems as they precariously challenge the elements. The Iris symbolises eloquence, and the pearl-shaped fruit of the Pomegranate, when opened, resemble hidden jewels"
Jeans artworks may be viewed by appointment.
Address: 11 Sunrise Lane, Jack Boyd Dr, Mangawhai. 0573
Phone: +64 9 431 3154 or +64 27 667 817