Gale Armstrong, who always travels with a sketchbook, started her education and artistic focus with architectural drawing. This medium led to the creation of four major series: English Country Cottages, Landmarks of Nova Scotia, Acadia University Heritage Series and Great Growth Wineries of California.
Gale’s other focus is glowing watercolours, which can have more control than the artist. The luminosity of the paper, the depth achieved with transparent watercolours, and the vibrancy of the inks are vital in her work. The results can be very lively but controlled paintings or quite vivid, light-hearted and bright renderings of the subject matter. Gale also works with the more artist friendly medium of acrylics.
She winters in the United Kingdom and the influence of the great traditional English watercolourists is important. Although she has travelled widely and lived many places having various careers from teacher to innkeeper, she is a born and bred Nova Scotian, which always provides captivating subjects and scenes for her work. She feels her soul is on the Bay of Fundy, which provides captivating subjects and scenes and has contributed to her love of boats and landscapes. She has been a member of Art 1274 Hollis since 2021.