Author Antoine de Saint-Exupery observed, “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add but nothing left to take away.”
It parallels artist Gail Haire’s journey into the land of fine art painting that started in Springfield, Illinois.
Raised in an artistic family, Haire was influenced by them and her art instructors/coaches she has worked with as an adult.
“My first career was business-to-business sales,” she said. “Happily, painting is my second career.
“It started with a strong desire to find out if I had any creative ability. I began looking for art instructors and was fortunate to find artists that were equally talented in instruction. I took workshops and individual lessons for several years. This taught me to ‘see,’ developing my realism painting style with an understanding of color, composition and form.”
She started with oils and expanded into watercolor. She moved to Arizona to be with family.
“I visited often and always knew I would eventually retire here,” said Haire, who lived here for a few years before retiring.
Upon arriving in her new Scottsdale home, Haire joined the Cave Creek-based Sonoran Arts League. League members get together weekly for breakfast to share their work, ideas, resources and insights.
Here, Haire was inspired to move into a more interpretive style in her work. She explains the process for one of her pieces.
“I was reviewing pictures from a hike I did in the Grand Canyon,” she said. “I found I was drawn to the simplicity of the lines, shapes and the contrasts of light and shadow.”
Bringing the subjects to their most basic shapes and forms became the motivation for Haire’s work.
Haire’s oil paintings could be interpreted as a modern-day variation of the iconic Works Progress Administration (WPA) National Park silkscreen series of the 1930 and 1940s — simple, elegant lines, masterfully composed, brilliantly colored and breathtakingly beautiful.
The peace they bring to the environment for dreaming is unmatched. Her watercolors are stunning for their soft shapes, gradual shadows and subtle detail.
Haire’s work may be experienced firsthand at On The Edge Gallery in Scottsdale, which provides an opportunity to purchase a piece for your collection.
For more information, visit gailhaireart.com, scroll through the available work, enjoy the contrasting styles.