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Gail Ragains Redwood City, California

Artist Gail Ragains paints abstract figurative works defined by strong color combinations and intuitive mark-making. "I approach each creative process as an open-ended improvisation," says Gail. "It is an evolving journey without preconceived plans for a predictable outcome. I react to the materials at hand, stripping away the non-essentials to give a loose interpretation of form, movement, and human expression." Inspired by the physical gestures and emotions of people, the human figure dominates Gail's art. As a young person, Gail was active in dance, ice skating, and gymnastics and competed in triathlons in her 20s. While pursuing a career as a massage therapist for 25 years, Gail simultaneously attended art classes through community colleges, the local Art League, and workshops with artists she admires. Having lived in California her entire life, Gail is influenced by the California colors—golden hills, clear blue skies, swimsuits, and swimming pools. Today, her studio is in her backyard just a few steps away from the home she shares with her husband. “In this workspace, I have everything I need. Good light, music, fresh air, and my studio mate, Sadie, the cutest 14 lb. mixed-breed rescue pup.”

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    About The Artist

    Artist Gail Ragains paints abstract figurative works defined by strong color combinations and intuitive mark-making. "I approach each creative process as an open-ended improvisation," says Gail. "It is an evolving journey without preconceived plans for a predictable outcome. I react to the materials at hand, stripping away the non-essentials to give a loose interpretation of form, movement, and human expression." Inspired by the physical gestures and emotions of people, the human figure dominates Gail's art. As a young person, Gail was active in dance, ice skating, and gymnastics and competed in triathlons in her 20s. While pursuing a career as a massage therapist for 25 years, Gail simultaneously attended art classes through community colleges, the local Art League, and workshops with artists she admires. Having lived in California her entire life, Gail is influenced by the California colors—golden hills, clear blue skies, swimsuits, and swimming pools. Today, her studio is in her backyard just a few steps away from the home she shares with her husband. “In this workspace, I have everything I need. Good light, music, fresh air, and my studio mate, Sadie, the cutest 14 lb. mixed-breed rescue pup.”

    Artist Statement

    I approach each creative process as an open ended improvisation, an evolving journey without preconceived plans for a predictable outcome. Beginning with the structure of the figure or landscape I intuitively react to the materials at hand, stripping away the non-essentials to give a loose interpretation of form, movement, and human expression. I look for the abstract shapes. I take risks with the use of compelling colors, bold and gestural brush stokes, and breaking rules along the way. The figure has always been dominant in my years of making art, inspired by the physical gestures and emotions of people. I mainly work in acrylics and mixed media, but I always like to mix it up with new materials and techniques to keep it fresh. If I were to enforce a rule, it would be to engage the element of risk and create outside my comfort zone whenever I enter my studio. Having lived in California my entire life, I am influenced by the California colors, the golden hills and clear blue skies, the swimsuits and swimming pools.

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