Gail Allen is a classically trained artist living in New Hampshire, USA, who sculpts, paints and creates custom designed landscapes, murals and event products.
Please click here to view my painting gallery site:
Gail M. Allen Fine Art

If you like my work, but are not ready to purchase a painting,
you may purchase fine art prints or cards with my paintings on them at my site: Gail Allen Contemporary Fine Art (Print and Card Shop)

Friday, June 26, 2015

100 Market Street Gallery in Portsmouth, NH is now exhibiting Gail Allen’s paintings

I am very proud to announce that The Gallery at 100 Market in Portsmouth, NH is now exhibiting my work. It is a lovely gallery on 3 floors, with many fine artists. My paintings were juried into their current exhibit Figure It Out. This exhibit lasts through the end of August, if you are in the area please stop in and check it out.
The Gallery at 100 Market

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Few Spring Flowers to Brighten Your Day!

Here are a few paintings in my Floral Closeup series of  8"X 8" paintings on canvas. 
Shasta Daisy painting by Gail Allen (8" X 8")
The Intruder painting by Gail allenThese two are a bit

Poppies painting by Gail Allen 20" X 24"
These are for sale on my site: 

Or, if you are looking for floral prints for spring decorating, you may click here for prints:
 Gail Allen: For Purchasing Giclees, Prints and Cards  just in time to colorfully brighten your day! 
These are two larger paintings in the Floral series. These would be perfect for a wall, surrounded by smaller paintings or possibly plates with birds or flowers…the first two are on view in Portsmouth New Hampshire at Robert Lincoln Levy    Gallery.

It has really been a long, cold winter in our area...time to brighten our homes with spring color!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Recent Article in the Manchester, New Hampshire Union Leader

February 09. 2015 9:25PM

Stories through portraits

Hollis painter's vibrant works reflect her passion for her art


Artist Gail Allen at work in her Hollis studio. (COURTESY)

"Bennington Riverbed" by Gail Allen 

"Fire" by Gail Allen 

"Sentinel" by Gail Allen 

Gail Allen has something to show you. 

See, there’s a particular way the wind sweeps the snow across the lake in winter that’s worth noticing. And there’s a just so light that makes the Bennington riverbed explode with color, and magical orange fish in a brook and a lady in the lake.

There’s so much that Allen wants to show you, tell you, share with you.

“I think people become artists because they feel they have something to show the world and I wanted to show people what I saw in the world,” Allen, 55, of Hollis, said.
And what she sees is magical. From her vibrantly colored landscapes to others inspired by metaphysics and the elements, Allen is hoping to tell a story — or several — with her paintings.

The seed for this was planted long ago on her grandmother’s farm in western Massachusetts. Hiking its vast expanse of land and woods, it was more than farmland, it was 250 acres of fairy circles and caves to explore. It was imagining the ghosts of the Native Americans who once roamed that land and happening upon exotic creatures she could study.
“My grandmother would milk the cow and then put the milk buckets in the brook to keep them cold,” Allen said. “And these sparkly orange and gold fish would somehow get in the box (that held the buckets) and I just remember thinking how magical they were. Those were my first drawings.”
Allen’s dad was in construction, her mom stayed home with her and her two siblings; both parents were very artistic. 

Allen’s mom taught her to sew her own clothes and paint; how to knit and do stained glass. Meanwhile, Allen used to trundle off with her dad to his shop, trusty paper and colors in tow, to watch him do his woodworking. She’d lay on the floor for hours watching him work, and drawing everything she saw.
It became very clear fairly early on that Allen was an artist as she started earning the accolades of school teachers, contest judges and the larger community. Her voice was being heard, she said, and she makes no bones about the fact she loved the recognition she earned for her work; it’s part of what made it worthwhile to pursue.
She ultimately went off to Paier College of Art in Hamden, Conn.

“I would draw or paint for eight hours a day,” she said. “We worked in black and white first and painted cylinders, boxes and cones. I think a lot of people think you go off to art school and you are right away painting and drawing whatever you like, but that’s not the case, you are drawing these basic forms over and over again. A lot of people drop out, but it’s really the best training.”
After graduation, one of her first jobs was illustrating medical instruction booklets. Eventually, she and her husband moved to New Hampshire, where she took up graphic design. After running her own successful design business for eight years, the couple started a family and Allen decided to stay home to be with her boys.
She continued to paint when she could, but life was happening and she needed to be in it. She raised her boys and took care of her ailing parents.

“Looking back, I wish I hadn’t stopped, although I did do some painting,” she said. “But I couldn’t put the effort I needed to into my family and the effort I wanted to for my work. …That’s the thing with art and motherhood, you’re always dealing with that balance. And it’s a struggle.”
And when the time finally came to get back to her work, she still struggled. She was exhausted all the time and chronically ill. After years without a diagnosis, she learned she had Lyme disease, which later led to debilitating rheumatoid arthritis.
“I had a lot of things going against me, but I wasn’t going to give up. I wasn’t going to let (my art) go away,” she said. “When I couldn’t hold my brushes, because some days my hands just wouldn’t work, I use blue painters tape to tape the brushes to my fingers. That how badly I wanted it. I wasn’t going to give up.”
She still has days where detail work is hard and the frustration of dropping brushes gets the better of her. But she also has her boys and her husband, who, she said, have been her champions and hands when she needed them.
“There’s no way I could have done this without them, no way,” she said. “They are so good to me.”
She said she hopes that people with Lyme can realize that there is support out there and life to be lived after the disease, you just have to want it.

“Art is a part of me. It’s just like anything else about me, it’s like my child. The diagnosis just made me want it more and made me realize how precious it is,” she said. “You just have to pick yourself up and work. The disease is devastating, but art, whatever kind of art you do is healing.”Phoenix World Art Gallery

Monday, November 17, 2014

New Paintings at Sharon Arts Gallery Peterborough, NH

Mexican Nutcracker by Gail Allen
16” X 24"
A couple of weeks ago, I dropped off a number of my newest paintings to Sharon Arts Gallery in Peterborough, New Hampshire along with some special holiday, original limited edition pieces. All are now on display in the gallery. (I’ll have a picture to post soon.)

 In the meantime,  I have posted a few of them below. These, along with my large 24” X 48 “ acrylic on canvas landscape painting, Bennington Riverbed and my 30” X 40” acrylic landscape painting on canvas, Mountainside River II can be viewed through February at:
Sharon Arts Gallery 30 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH 03458
phone: (603) 924-7676, fax: (603) 924-6795

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10am-6pm.
Sunday, closed.

Santa Nutcracker by Gail Allen
11” X 14"

 Across the Lake - Winter by Gail Allen
Hollis Road with Puddle by Gail Allen

Low Tide Drummer Cove by Gail Allen

Glorious Possibilities!!

A local home decorating store is now featuring my paintings in their shop. Glorious Possibilities is a chic home decor store at 257 Main Street in Nashua, NH. Here are a few of the wonderful room possibilities and staging examples they have created with my paintings included in them. They have beautiful high end expertly crafted artisan pieces of all kinds. Gloria is a wonderful interior designer also. Stop in for great holiday gifts and ideas! 
If you need to call: 1- 603-402-9145 
Hours are: Monday - Saturday 10 AM -5 PM

 Sunday 11 AM -4 PM

Original hand painted Santa Nutcracker by Gail Allen

This created a festive vignette with the beautiful teal green chalk painted sideboard, whimsical felted moose, my hand painted framed holiday nutcracker and the topiary.
Autumn Pathway oil painting by Gail Allen
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The original oil painting in this photo, Autumn Pathway sold a week after it went on display!  However, archival Giclee prints of it are still available for purchase through my website if you are interested in obtaining a copy.
The Garden Shed pastel painting  by Gail Allen
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Here’s another lovely vignette for a garden lover’s porch during the winter months. My Original Pastel Painting, The Garden Shed, above, is of our backyard garden shed, in full bloom, surrounded by day lilies of every color and boxwood hedges.
Summer Cottage pastel painting by Gail Allen
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I thought this would make a great little entrance hall area for an ocean or lakeside cottage. I especially love the coordinating colors.  This great little desk gives you a place to put things down as you come in, but also serves as a computer desk for working, or just writing a post card to a friend.The pastel painting is of a small summer cottage sitting on a hill on an oceanside inlet that we used to stay at in Cape Cod, MA .

Dan’s Dream Juried Into Grace Chapel Gallery Exhibition

Dan’s Dream by Gail Allen
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A Winter’s Tale at Grace Chapel Gallery

You are warmly invited to an art gallery reception to celebrate the opening of the juried, themed exhibition “A Winter’s Tale”.  My 24”  X  24” acrylic painting on board, titled "Dan’s Dream” has been juried into this exhibition.

The painting depicts a wintry scene of a glades skier, with the ski area viewable off in the distance. Looking closely, you see behind the trees, a  young skier entering at the right hand side of the painting. My sons have all loved to ski and one in particular, has a passion to be a photographer of extreme skiers. This was my homage to him.

The opening reception is
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
4:00 PM  - 6:00 PM
at 59 Worthen Road Lexington, MA.
The reception is open to the public and runs from November 22, 2014 -January 5th, 2015.
Please come!

The Rose Arbor Juried Into 15th Annual Dunfey Exhibit

The Rose Arbor by Gail Allen 
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I am happy to announce that my 24” X 24” acrylic on board painting, The Rose Arbor was juried into the 15th Annual Joan L Dunfey Memorial exhibition and sale at Levy Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The exhibition opened Friday, Nov 7, with a reception from 5-8 at Levy Gallery 125 State Street in in Portsmouth, NH. 
It is part of a group exhibit of the New Hampshire Art Association, which is one of the oldest statewide art associations in the country. The association consists of over 450 members of painters, photographers, watercolorists, and printmakers. Stop by and view some beautiful and amazing artworks by talented artists! 

This exhibition runs for the entire month of November. 
Opening Reception is November 7, 2014 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Awards Ceremony at 6:00 PM) 
The Levy Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

Sunday hours are 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM  stop in if you are in the area!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Meditation Painting At Grace Chapel Art Gallery Juried Opening's Exhibition

Saturday, September 27th, 2014 - 
Please come! Opening Reception

Meditation by Gail Allen
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You are warmly invited to a reception to celebrate the opening of the juried, themed exhibition, 'Openings'.  

 Enjoy mingling with the artists, light refreshments, and a lively demonstration.  All are welcome!
The reception will be held on Saturday, September 27th
 from 4:00 - 6:00pm in the Art Gallery at Grace Chapel
59 Worthen Road Lexington, Massachusetts.02421 
My acrylic painting 'Meditation' is featured in this exhibition.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mountainside Stream II Painting Juried Into the Prestigious Omer T Lassonde Juried Exhibition

Mountainside Stream II by Gail Allen
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This landscape painting, a 30" X 40" acrylic on 2 1/4" gallery wrapped canvas was exhibited in the prestigious juried 28th annual Omer T. Lassonde exhibition at Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I came upon this sort of "window" in the trees, overlooking the river and the mountain side beyond while hiking a few years ago. I found the scene to be calming and rejuvenating, almost as though you could feel the cool mist in wind coming off the water that lies in front of you.The light was shining so brightly and yet softly on the rocks and grasslands below. This is the atmosphere I strive to create with my paintings.

I thought this scene would speak to those who have a love of nature similar to my own. Its placement in an office, where working in a closed, stressed environment needs the empowerment of a natural subject with a water feature, plenty of light and open space. This painting, creating the type of environment where they could feel and perform better in their chosen profession, would be perfect.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bennington Riverbed by Gail Allen

view the painting at Gail Allen Fine Art - Bennington Riverbed
Bennington Riverbed is a 24" X 48" acrylic landscape painting on a 2 1/4" gallery wrapped canvas. This is a detail of the painting seen in the post above. It is a an overflowing river and train trestle in Bennington, New Hampshire during the fall. We had gone for a foliage ride and I noticed the distinct contrast between the calm waters on the opposite side of the trestle and the drama of the overflowing water and rivers edge in the foreground area. I am currently working on the accompanying piece to this painting. After completing it and showing it a few times in juried competitions, I realized there was more to this painting than I had originally thought. (My paintings often take on a life of their own - a persona of sorts, and this one had more to convey than what was on this canvas.) As I set the accompanying canvas next to this one and continued with the scene a more narrative painting emerged. I am very pleased with the outcome... the second canvas is about half completed right now. I can see now that the time taken away from blogging and the other activities that I left behind while recovering has opened new doors to my creativity and given me a new focus that was previously untapped! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Back in the Saddle Again...

Bennington Riverbed by Gail Allen
Yes, it has been a long time.  I took time out from blogging for focus on family, health, regrouping and honing in on my direction. I needed this. A lifelong nature enthusiast, I had spent so many years outside gardening and doing various sports, that when Lyme disease hit me again - it was a double whammy. It took me away from my love of nature and outdoor activities. I had little to no energy and a job and family to take care of. The last few years of continued struggling with complications made painting tough, with less vigor. So I dropped all activities that were not a necessity and continued with my painting and family obligations. I took rest periods to study new health research, environmental impact, habitat, and nature's, as well as cultural effects on healing. I began to read about the importance of viewing nature in the healing process and its current focus in healthcare research and architectural design. In recent research, it has been proven to be good for your health, performance and psychological wellbeing.

 So now that I am out in my kayak and hiking regularly, my artwork and painting is prolific once again. My focus is now very clear, more than ever, on creating paintings that reflect my unique perspective of the natural world and environments which will have the viewer gazing at nature - with some symbolism and narrative lore woven into the works.
A recent cherished comment regarding the painting featured at right:
"Your paintings make me feel like I want to dream!"
This painting was exhibited in the juried exhibit of New Hampshire Art Association at the New Hampshire State Library. (More about the painting in the next post.)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Few Detail Views of The Flow of Creativity Painting

Detail View Fish and Water
The Flow of Creativity
copyright 2012, Gail M. Allen
Here are a few more detailed shots of my latest painting The Flow of Creativity. There is a lot of texture that I had enjoyed developing, in the water that creates her gown. I am finding an affinity for more use of texture in my paintings these days. It adds another element of interest, but can also be a struggle to work with because of the shadows created by the textural effect.
Geisha and Fish Detail View
The Flow of Creativity
copyright 2012, Gail M. Allen

The Geisha's face was purposefully stylized and developed along with the fish. I wanted an element of otherworldliness, as opposed to the realistic view I had originally envisioned when I started. It's always interesting to let the painting lead me where it wants to go. It takes on its own persona after awhile.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Flow of Creativity my Latest Painting, hot off the easel!

This 30" X 40" acrylic painting, The Flow of Creativity is my latest finished work, hot off the easel. It has been sitting unfinished for quite a few months, but is now completed and ready to be sent to a new home. If you are interested in prints or purchasing the original please visit my website. Just click here: Gail Allen Fine Art.

The Flow of Creativity is a symbolic representation of my views on the creation process. The central Geisha figure, with traditional thickly lined eyes, pale face and crimson red lipstick, rising out of the waters of creation, symbolically represents the artisan. Her dress is created from the rising water: a source of life, regeneration and birth. An artist develops talent similar to the Geisha's who are in training for many years, often in mysterious secrecy for a long period, working hours on traditional preparation and perseverance. The golden atmosphere surrounding the figure represents the energy flow or "zone" in the creation process. The circling, jumping fish are indicative of spiritual instrumentality in the development and manifestation of a thought into matter. The circle they create is a symbol of time without beginning or end, a continuous flowing succession of instants. The birds, flying white cranes, from the mouths of the fish are representative of thoughts being revealed and made manifest by the artist. Behind all of this is an unrecognizable under-painting that reveals of two large eyes which are barely visible, a thought on the soul's role within the creation process.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Assessing Your Style of Painting

 Recently I reviewed my very favorite artworks over the years, making notes on what aspects they have in common: style, subject matter, color palette, composition, atmosphere, texture, mood and light.  You can learn a lot about your own style of work and how you look at paintings, by taking this type of perspective. I made a simple chart, and began to look for similarities.

My introduction to great works of art started early in life going to local museums with my Mom. Early in high school I won my first art competition and was given a book on N.C. Wyeth, the illustrator.  I fell in love with his work, as well as Howard Pyle, J.C. Leyendecker, Maxfield Parrish and Toulouse Lautrec,  all painters who were illustrators. From that moment on, I knew I wanted to be an illustrator and painter for the rest of my life. It was clearly one of the defining factors in my choice to go on to art school.

  In 1980, while I was in college, I had taken a trip into New York to the National Academy of Design for an exhibition called "From All Walks of Life". I fell in love with the painting,  Two Idlers - Robert Frederick Blum - The Athenaeum which was also featured on the poster for the show. Thirty two years later I still have the poster in my studio. Another favorite by Franz Marc,  is Two Horses, Red and Blue done in a very different style of painting, cubism. One common feature of the works that engage me is the narrative they possess, along with mood, light and most profoundly, color. Although my tastes have varied over the years, now including some very abstract art pieces, these are the similar characteristics that stand out, and have clearly become an integral aspect of my own painting style.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring Fling Brings New Classes in Painting and Drawing!

 It has been quite a long, crazy winter season, filled with life's changes, so I have not been blogging for awhile. I have taught many art classes over the years, as well as private lessons in my home and this Spring I’ve decided to bring in some new creativity. I am happy to announce I will be teaching classes at the new Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center opening here in Hollis, starting in May! Classes in traditional foundational visual language skills needed for drawing and painting will be offered for ages sixteen year old to adults. If you have been contemplating returning to painting or drawing, Spring - a season of new beginnings, is a great time to start. I would love to see you there! 

Or if you are a high school student or adult interested in private lessons for portfolio preparation, painting or drawing, I currently have a few openings for one on one classes in my studio. Call the office at  1-603-465-2088, to set up private lessons. You may also send me an email by contacting me through my gallery website at the following link: Gail Allen Contact  
Happy Spring!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Creativity With Disabilities

“The journey often seems arduous until you gain perspective.”

Brian Sherwin’s article on Artists with Disabilities for Fine Art Views Newsletter touched me. I have lived for well over twenty years with what they now tell me is misdiagnosed Chronic Lyme Disease.  Originally thought to be Multiple Sclerosis or something like that, unending pain and strange symptoms have plagued me for half of my life. Frustration ruled my life for many years as I tried to continue my painting. Not only am I an artist, but a mother of three, which added new challenges. Once I made peace with the fact that this was how my journey was to unfold, things got better. I began to look for coping strategies.

There are days of double or blurred vision and excruciating migraines, exhaustion, and inability to walk without assistance, or even raise my arms up on a tabletop. On other days my memory waxes and wanes similar to a person with Alzheimer’s. The symptoms are endless and constantly changing, as medications can cause new symptoms. Then there are my duties as a mom and parent. I have learned to embrace it all as best I can. Learning to cope minute by minute has made me unbelievably attune to adapting. I am grateful for that gift since many people have issues with change.

When I am bedridden, I now sketch with watercolor pencils that I can wet and rework at a later date. The sketching alleviates the frustration of not being able to create, as I would like to. It gets new ideas flowing and spiritually connects me to that creative muse waiting patiently in the wings.

Memory issues have affected my abilities to just get in the car and drive to a site to work en plein aire like I used to.  I am not able to carry my supplies and hike out into the landscape as easily. By adapting my techniques, I can set up in my car and work from there, or just outside it, taking photos so if I get exhausted I am able to continue working later on in the studio.

When working on a painting, I often forget exactly where I was trying to take it. I used to try to write copious notes, so I would have a direction to follow if I drew a blank. Now, I am going to try the Dragon Dictate software, which enables me to wear a headset and  it will do the typing for me, so I can leave reminders for myself of things I want to work on later, or change.

The biggest change is in having to adapt and change my style of working, based on how dexterous my arms and hands are on any given day. If I am having tremors, I need to work more loosely. All of the years of my training in photorealism cannot help me with this. I view it as the universe’s way of helping me branch out into new styles and ideas. I am enjoying letting myself experiment with my work again.

Today we are rearranging my small studio, setting up a new station for me to develop some techniques to work on my sculpting. It is a journey of adaptation day to day.  Some days, I feel like my old self again, and on others I feel devastated that I cannot paint and wonder how I got into this body.

Currently, there are about twenty, large and small-unfinished works amassed my studio. On a daily basis, frustration over the fact that I have taken them as far as they could go, in my current state of health plagues me.  Somewhere in the near future they will have their day of recognition. Each day offers new accomplishments. I am determined that my past will not control my future; I have much I want to say with my works.   A quote posted in my studio reads….”I Came To Live Out Loud.”