Gail Niebrugge was born and raised in California and has pursued art since childhood. The Niebrugge family fell in love with Alaska while on vacation in 1976 and never returned home. Instead, they established a residence in the remote interior settlement of Copper Center. Since 1995, the Matanuska Valley has been home to the Niebrugges.
Traveling by mail plane, ski plane, helicopter, boat, raft, ATV, canoe, truck and camper as well as hiking on foot, enables Niebrugge to gain first-hand knowledge and understanding of Alaska’s wilderness, wildlife, landscape and history. Returning home to work in the studio, her love of these subjects is translated into colorful paintings.
Known throughout the world for her use of pointillism, Gail developed this technique in 1986 while confined to bed recovering from neck and back injuries. Using small dot-like strokes, her paintings are made from thousands of spots of color. Up close the dots dominate, but when viewed from a distance, the image is sharply realistic.
| ”Sandhill Cranes”
| ”Sweet Repast”