Gale Colpitts Abbey has had a love affair with Prince Edward Island since moving to Charlottetown as a young child. Her father particularly loved the rolling farmland and warm, welcoming shorelines of PEI, and Gale accompanied him on endless exploratory drives along Island roads. She also credits the encouragement of art teachers in the Island school system, from Miss MacKay at West Kent Elementary through to Miss Lowe at Prince of Wales College. They opened a world of creativity for their students.
While she presently paints primarily in acrylic, Gale also works in watercolour, oil and mixed media. Perhaps she is best described as a "colourist" for her palette of warm, lively hues in interpreting the Island she loves.
Many professional artists have influenced her work through workshops including Susan Gibson Garvey, Jeannie Hancock, John Cook, Brian Atyeo, Dianna Shyne, Mike Svob, Arne Westerman, Sandi Komst, Linda Kemp and Stephen Quiller. Gale studied studio painting at NSCAD and Acadia University.
She is delighted to be part of the stable of artists represented at Details Fine Art Gallery.