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Gail Niebrugge

Known throughout the world for her use of pointillism, full-time Alaska artist Gail Niebrugge has completed over 950 drawings and paintings in her 40+ year career.
Gail received a Master’s Degree in Art Illustration from Syracuse University, and Alaska's highest honor in 2012 the Governor's Award for the Arts as Individual Artist, is a signature member and Juror's Award at Watercolor USA Honor Society at the Springfield Art Museum, Springfield MO, accepted into the New York Society of Illustrators, served as Artist-in-Residence for the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Denali National Park, and authored Gail Niebrugge’s Alaska Wildflowers. She has completed twelve major public commissions in Alaska, including a ten panel multi-dimensional artwork for the US Art-in-Architecture Programs at the U.S. Customs in Skagway, and a seven panel installation in the Palmer Courthouse.  Gail has participated in more than 200 shows and exhibits including the Top 100 Arts for the Parks, Jackson, WY, the Vancouver International Wildlife Art Exposition, Vancouver, BC, and the Pacific Rim Wildlife Exhibition, Tacoma, WA.
 

In demand as a speaker for the Alaska State Council on the Arts Gail served as Board of Directors Vice Chair from 2007-2011, as a member of Accreditation Advisory Board Prince William Sound Community College and adjunct faculty, board of Glennallen Council on the Arts, founding board of Greater Copper Valley Chamber of Commerce, and as public adviser for the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Visitor Information Center, Copper Center, Alaska.  

Niebrugge Studio has published more than 180 editions of prints from her paintings available at galleries throughout Alaska.  Cards, bookmarks, luggage tags, magnets, note pads and other products utilizing Gail's images are distributed by Taku Graphics, Juneau, Alaska.


Artist Statement by Gail Niebrugge
 
Art is my life, and my life is art. The two are inseparable. As a child crayons on newsprint dominated my waking hours, and I hoarded a shoe box of broken, used, chunks of pastel chalk as if it were a chalice of gold.  
Everything I see is stored in my visual memory for use in future paintings. Sometimes I use photography to gather research. I am never without a camera, pencils, pens and sketch journal. If I am not taking a picture I am sketching or entering notes in my journal. Through the years my photo references fill several file cabinets and sketch books are stacked everywhere.  
 
When I paint it is intuitive, from the heart. Since my neck and back injury in 1986 my body adapted a version of pointillism that I continue to use today. I spend hours each day applying small dots of color one at a time with a tiny brush, and when I am finished I have a realistic-impressionistic painting of something that reached my soul sometime during my life. It is as simple as that. I am grateful that my work reaches others, touches emotions, and brings joy and beauty into the day.