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This profile was last updated on 2/15/07  and contains information from public web pages.
 
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Gail Claes Fine Art Studio - News
www.gailclaesstudio.com, 15 Feb 2007 [cached]
Gail is presently participating in the York's Inaugural Arts and Antiques Week celebration. Gail's studio will be opened from 11:00am to 4:00pm September 11, 12, and 13th
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Connecting with Nature York, Maine, artist Gail Claes is drawn to the spirit of the Seacoast
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Connecting with Nature York, Maine, artist Gail Claes is drawn to the spirit of the Seacoast
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It is in such moments that Gail Claes, who painted it, is reminded of why she is an artist. Such moments, said the York, Maine, resident, affect her profoundly.
"I hope my work in some ways will make people's lives a little happier, that it will lift their spirits in some way or touch a past memory," she said.
Claes always had an appreciation for art, but never thought it was something she could do.
"I thought it was a gift you were born with," she explained.
About 35 years ago she was taking care of her husband's handicapped aunt, when she admired the drawings and pastels the older woman had done in her youth.
So her husband's aunt sat Claes down one day with a pencil and paper, clipped a photo from a newspaper and encouraged her to try to sketch it.
"I was surprised at how good it made me feel. It was a seed being planted, a door being opened and a light turned on," she recalled.
She went home that day and had her daughter sit for her while she sketched her. She began taking classes.
Claes has studied at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, Mass., receiving instruction in oils, pastels and watercolors - ranging from portraits, still lifes, figures and landscapes - from such accomplished artists as Michael Keane, Clement Micarelli and Constance Pratt.
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John Huff/Staff photographer "Beach Twins," by Gail Claes.
She has been painting professionally for more than 25 years. There are ongoing exhibits of her work at the York Art Association, the Copley Society of Boston and the Birdsey Gallery of Osterville, Mass.
"I guess you can call me a late bloomer," she said.
Those who know her and her work are full of praise for Claes' paintings and the artist behind them.
"She is a soulful person who takes great pride in her work. To me she is a hidden gem in the art world," said Terry Grant of Merrimack, who has known Claes for 10 years.
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Claes has done several paintings of Grant's daughters. "More people need to see her work," she added.
Claes said she takes great pleasure in capturing a moment in time, and is constantly observing everything around her.
"It is when we are connecting with nature that we awaken our senses and our hearts become light and our soul is nourished," she said.
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John Huff/Staff photographer Local artist Gail Claes holds up one of her paintings at her York home studio recently.
Claes hopes her strengths include the ability to be open to new ideas and a deeper way of seeing life, and a willingness to share what she has learned with others.
People tell her they recognize her work by her palate and the manner in which she applies her colors.
She primarily paints in oils, drawn to the medium because of its consistency, the way the colors mix and the soft fluid feeling of paint covering a canvas. She also enjoys occasional forays into pastels and watercolors.
She has learned to follow the creative process wherever it takes her.
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Claes has to feel enthusiastic about the subject matter before she will paint it. What inspires a decision to paint something she said is to try to recreate the feeling she had when she first encountered the subject, whether it's people or landscapes.
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John Huff/Staff photographer "Afternoon Twilight"by Gail Claes.
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John Huff/Staff photographer "Quiet Bay," by Gail Claes.
"As a child it was the summers near the ocean that gave a sense of wonder and freedom," she explained.
Claes considers the world around her as her source of creativity. She hopes she is moving in the direction of becoming a more spiritual person and conveying that in her art.
"I believe everything has a spirit and I try and find that spirit in everything I paint," she said.
More information about Claes and her work can be found at www.gailclaesstudio.com. She can be contacted via e-mail at agmerlin@maine.rr.com; via P.O. Box 83, York, ME 03909; or by phone at 207-351-1832.
All information Copyrighted © 1999-2007 Gail P. Claes All work is owned by Gail P. Claes unless other wise noted.
Gail Claes Studio - Fine Art New England Artist offering oil paintings and prints of landscapes, beaches and people
www.gailclaesstudio.com, 18 May 2006 [cached]
Gail is a native New Englander, and currently resides in York Maine. Although most of her work is finished in her studio, she enjoys painting on location and focusing on landscapes of the New England coast whenever possible. Her travels throughout England and Scotland have also inspired many paintings.
Gail has studied at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA. She has also studied with several well-known artists, in oils, pastels, and watercolors ranging from portraits, still life, figures, and landscapes. Some of the well-known artist that she has studied with, are Michael Keane, Clement Micarelli and Constance Pratt.
Gail has been active in several Art Associations.
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All information Copyrighted © 1999-2007 Gail P. Claes All work is owned by Gail P. Claes unless other wise noted.
Gail Claes Fine Art Studio - Related Links
www.gailclaesstudio.com, 18 May 2006 [cached]
All information Copyrighted © 1999-2007 Gail P. Claes All work is owned by Gail P. Claes unless other wise noted.
Gail Claes Studio - Fine Art New England Artist offering oil paintings and prints of landscapes, beaches and people
www.gailclaesstudio.com, 14 Jan 2003 [cached]
Gail is a native New Englander, and currently resides in York Maine.Although most of her work is finished in her studio, she enjoys painting on location and focusing on landscapes of the New England coast whenever possible.Her travels throughout England and Scotland have also inspired many paintings.
Gail has studied at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA.She has also studied with several well-known artists, in oils, pastels, and watercolors ranging from portraits, still life, figures, and landscapes.Some of the well-known artist that she has studied with, are Michael Keane, Clement Micarelli and Constance Pratt.
Gail has been active in several Art Associations.
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All information Copyrighted © 1999-2007 Gail P. ClaesAll work is owned by Gail P. Claes unless other wise noted.
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