Welcome to Gail Hire Bruce Artworks
Thank you for visiting my site. I have been creating art since I was a child and began painting with gusto in the late 70’s. I paint what I see, urban and rural landscapes, portraits of friends and people on the street. I see in blocks of color with details that catch my eye. Body language is an important element in defining my portraits; the way my characters dress and interact with each other, I hope gives the viewer a glimpse into who these people may be.
I don’t put much detail in my characters’ faces so the observer is drawn into the portrait and mentally fills it in with someone they know.
I lean toward clean and simple lines with detail pulled to create texture. In my early career I was influenced by Alex Katz and Milton Avery’s use of spare space and bold shapes. The Japanese aesthetic has been a deep influence on my work, especially the spare, clean lines of their landscapes. I hope that my work expresses, for the viewer, a moment of peace and calm in our over stressed environment.