Costa Blanca Artist Gail Stewart only dabbled in sketching in her early life and didn't really pick up a brush until she was married and living on a canal boat. Together with her husband, they planned early retirement to go ocean sailing. Sadly, having both gained their RYA skippers ticket and, sold their house to fund their chosen boat, her husband Richard was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The surgery was successful but a poor prognosis and life expectancy meant they needed a new adventure and so downsized to a canal boat.
Gail teamed up with a neighbour and started painting the boat livery. Together they painted Braunston roses and castles traditional canal boat folk art and fitted out private and holiday boats with painted buckets, poles, and back panels. After four years of living and cruising the canals, an accident meant another adventure was on the cards and they started to look for sun, sea, and mountains. They decided on the Jalon valley. Once settled, Gail found time to get creative and worked in watercolors. Sadly, Richard’s illness took its toll and after his death, Gail has picked up her brushes and turned to her painting. Working in mainly oils, Gails' paintings have varied styles as she explores and develops her creativity.