Gael is a mixed media artist working mostly on environmental topics, and in particular forestry and the sky. Before focussing on art, Gael spent 20 years practicing and teaching Interior Design, and running workshops for new entrepreneurs primarily looking at creative thinking in business process and development.
Her work explores the relationship between art and ecology and looks at some of the challenges facing a developing society, especially where these are based in fragile environments. She is currently preparing illustrations of the 100 wildflowers and grasses that are used to determine the suitability of trees required for specific woodland sites, and the wider importance of these in maintaining soil and forest health. As part of this research she studies Forestry part time at the University of the Highlands and Islands Scottish School of Forestry. Gael is also an Equate / UHI STEM Champion supporting and encouraging the role of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths based education and careers.
As an aside to painting, Gael works with found objects, paper and fabric, fashioning these into (sometimes) useful items that reflect anthropological and nature themes, and runs monthly workshops at WASPS Inverness Creative Academy on various creative techniques and practice.