Artist's Statement & Contact Info


New! My paintings and an essay on Sanctuary After Pittsburgh are featured in the Journal of the Union of Maine Visual Artists in the Spring 2019 edition. Follow this link, and go to the Members’ Showcase. (Sadly, I’m second in the article, so my work doesn’t appear on the home page.) These are deeply personal paintings done as a healing process after the violence at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

Artist, Gail Wartell

My observations are transformed through the filter of what intrigues me about my subject, so that each interpretation is fresh and enthusiastic. I am playing with light, color, and texture. I am exploring what the subject feels like on an emotional level.

You might say that I am a mature painter now. It has been 45 years since I graduated from Montserrat College of Visual Arts. While I’ve done a lot of things in my life, I’ve never stopped making art. I’m no longer worried about not getting it right, but have learned to let my paintings develop the way they lead.

After nearly 40 years in Portland, Maine, I moved to Belfast. I love the rolling hills and huge skies of Midcoast, and am pulled towards making landscapes, though the sea, critters, and people are still sources.

The paintings on this site are acrylic on canvas. 

I exhibit occasionally at galleries in Midcoast and Portland. I am a member of the Maine Visual Artists Union.

Prices upon request and studio visits by appointment. You may contact me at