Gail Morrison, OPA

Passionate about painting, Gail Morrison’s oil landscape and still life paintings exude a vibrancy and color characteristic of the artist’s life and personality.

 

A world traveler with exploration on all seven continents, she fell in love with Italy and the Italian way of life on her first extended stay in 1989 returning to live and study language in Florence. Proficient in Italian and marketing, Gail lived on the Ligurian Coast fulfilling a yearlong contract with the Acquario di Genova before joining an international group of artists in Tuscany.

 

Gail Morrison began painting in Italy. GAIA is the Italian for the artist’s first name and is the signature on all of her work. For fifteen years she returned to Italy to paint en plein air in Tuscany, often leading small groups of painters.

 

Since switching careers in 1992, Morrison has been the recipient of numerous awards and solo shows, the first of which followed just two years after she began painting.

More recently, Gail has been painting the still life,15 of which have been juried by Oil Painters of America into their Regional and National shows in recent years.

 

The Artist’s Magazine has honored her in their recent competitions as a Finalist in both still life and portrait categories.

Her work and art studio in Cincinnati have been featured in local publications – Cincinnati Magazine, OHIO Magazine and BEST Magazine. Artist’s Sketchbook and Watercolor Magazine, national press, also published her studio. And she was chosen as a juried contributor by International Artist Publishing, Inc. How Did you Paint That. 100 Ways to Paint Flowers and Gardens.

 

Her work, shown in the United States, France and Italy, hangs in private and corporate collections around the world.

 

Gail Morrison OPA

EDUCATION  Colby Sawyer College, New London, NH        

Independent Study: School of the Art Institute of Florence, Italy. Vermont Studio Center. School of the Art Institute of Chicago – OxBow. Wolf Kahn. Bernie Chaet. Dan Gustin. Kim English. David A. Leffel. Jeff Legg.

 

AWARDS/HONORS

2019   Art Week Invitational, Great Spruce Head Island, ME

2019   Award Winner, All-Member Ehibition, Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati, OH

2017   Signature Member Oil Painters of America, Letter of Acceptance 1/1/17 

2017, 2013 & 2011   Award Winner, Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati, Annual Juried Shows

2015   Best of Show, Greenacres Artists Guild Show, Cincinnati, OH

2013   Inaugural Member of Greenacres Artists Guild, Cincinnati, OH

2012, 2011 & 2005   Award Winner, Viewpoint, National Juried Shows, Cincinnati, OH 

2010   Gold Medal. Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati, 117th Annual Juried Show

2009   Finalist Winner, Portrait. 26th Annual Art Competition. The Artist’s Magazine

2007   Selected Artist for Tombola. Exhibited at the Cincinnati Art Museum

2005   Award Winner. Wilmington Art Association, NC

2004   Finalist Still Life. 21st Annual Art Competition The Artist’s Magazine

1995   Trustee. Vermont Studio Center through 1998

1997   Award Winner. Masterworks 53

1994   Blue Ribbon. Annual Exhibition. Cincinnati Art Academy

1993   Blue Ribbon. Viewpoint. Cincinnati Art Club

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019   Oil Painters of America Virtuosos of the OPA, St. Augustine, FL

2018   Oil Painters of America Regional Juried Show, Annapolis, MD

2018   Eisele Gallery of Fine Art Spring Creations, Cincinnati, OH

2018   Oil Painters of America National Show. Steamboat Springs, CO

2018 –2014 Greenacres Artists Guild Shows, Cincinnati, OH

2018, 2015, 2013, 2010, 2007 Viewpoint Juried Shows, Cincinnati Art Club, OH

2016   Oil Painters of America National Salon, Ft. Wayne, IN

2016   Oil Painters of America Regional Juried Show, Cincinnati, OH

2016   Oil Painters of America National Juried Show, Dallas, TX

2015   Oil Painters of America National Salon, Birmingham, AL

2014   Oil Painters of America Regional Juried Show, Cincinnati, OH

2014   Oil Painters of America National Juried Show, Bennington, VT

2014   Salon International 2014, San Antonio, TX

2013   Greenacres Artists Guild Inaugural Show, Cincinnati, OH

2013   Oil Painters of America National Salon, Petosky, MI

2012   Oil Painters of America Regional Juried Show, Bennington, VT

2012   Blossoms II Art of Flowers, a national traveling exhibition, Cincinnati, OH

2012   Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Painting the Queen City, Cincinnati, OH

2012   Woman;s Art Club of Cincinnati, 119th Annual Juried Show

2012   Oil Painters of America  National Juried Show, Evergreen, CO

2012   Cincinnati Art Gallery, Frank Duveneck & Friends, Juried Show. OH

2011   Cincinnati Dreams Italy, Invitational Show, Cincinnati, OH  

2011   Oil Painters of America. National Juried Show. Coeur d’Alene, ID 

2011   Blossoms II Art of Flowers. Juried International Show. Naples Art Museum, Naples, FL

2010   Oil Painters of America. Regional Juried Show. Wilmington, NC

2009   The Art District by allen david Gallery. Boothbay, ME

2008   The Best and the Brightest Juried Art Show, Scottsdale Artist School, AZ

2008   5th Street Gallery. Wine Art. Cincinnati, OH

2007   Cincinnati Horticultural Society. Juried Show

2007   Cincinnati Art Gallery. Paul Ashbrook & Friends. Juried Show

2007   Oil Painters of America. Regional Juried Show. Naples, FL

2006 – 2002 Closson’s Gallery Cincy Blooms, Landscapes,& Embracing the Light, Cincinnati, OH

2003   Solo Show. Closson’s. Phyllis J Weston Gallery From Italy With Love. Cincinnati, OH

1997   En Plein Air. St Remy. France

1997   American Artists Professional League. Salmagundi Club. NYC

1995   Solo Show. Italia. Schaff Gallery. Cincinnati, OH

1994   Salon International. Jackson, MS

1994   Solo Show. Raymond Gallery. Hyde Park, OH

1993 - 2003   Viewpoint. Juried Shows. Cincinnati Art Club, OH

 

PRESS/PUBLICATIONS

2012   BEST Magazine  The Artist Issue  14-page feature

           “Gail Morrison - Landscape & Still life Painter”

2009   Best of America Oil Artists, Volume II. Kennedy Publications

2009   Ohio Magazine “An Artist at Heart”

2008-2010   Featured Artist for Parker Company, including catalog cover. 

                    Parker Villas: Undiscovered Italy

2006   Stevenson The Color Company. Calendar Artist

2004   Juried Contributor. How Did You Paint That. 100 Ways to Paint Flowers 

           and Gardens. International Artist Publishing, Inc

2004   Regional Editor. Plein Air Magazine

2003   Inspire Cincinnati. “The Magic of Pendleton

2002   Artist’s Sketchbook. “A Room With a View’

2001   En Plein Air. “Art Excursions in Europe

2000   LSSI News “Featured Artist: Gail Morrison” Little St. Simon’s Island 

2000   WCPO-TV Around the House

2000, 1995 &1994   Downtowner, Cincinnati

1999 &1996   WCPO-TV Hometown Feature

1993   WKRC-TV “Gail Morrison Starting Over

 

CORPORATE COLLECTIONS                                    AFFILIATIONS/MEMBERSHIPS

The Parker Company. Lynn, MA                                  Oil Painters of America

Associazione de Tourismo. ITALY                               Greenacres Artists Guild

Cincinnati Financial Corporation, OH                           Cincinnati Art Club Keating,Muething,Klekemp. OH                                  Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati                                                        

St. Francis Hospital. OH                                               Plein Air Painters of Maine

Little St. Simon’s Island Corporation. GA                     

Azienda Agricola – Il Manzolo. ITALY

 

GALLERIES  

Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati, OH                       Studio GAIA

Greenacres, Cincinnati, OH                                            Cincinnati, OH & Boothbay, ME

 

Nicola’s, OTR Cincinnati