Gale Gibbs

The Arrogance of Releasing Blackbirds

I remember, when I was a child hearing my dad embellish every story. Some part of me was always attracted to his ability to have a story line and improve upon it with creativity and visual symbolism to the point , the story became more than it was. I suppose in some way, I am continuing that legacy. Sometimes my images read as a play, an opera or a comedy. Each story takes a life of its own combining visual and free thought. I use abstract characters to speak with a voice that is their own. I scribble, use words occasionally, and anything that comes into my mind as the drawing or painting begins its own journey I have always loved books, the illustrations as well as the words.

My work is a combination of that form of art as well as arts that I have studied and seen. I love to draw and to paint. I have loved cave painting, abstract expressionism, Degas, Kahlo, The Garden of Earthly Delight, Peter Bruegel, the elder, Kathe Kollwitz, Max Beckmann, Vincent Van Gogh, and Susan Rothen.