Gail Butler, USA Member Since September 2010 Artist Statement Greetings! Allow me to introduce myself! I grew up surrounded by the beauty and magic of the Blue Ridge Mountians in Amherst County, Va. I have enjoyed the creative process for as long as I can remember. I began my career as an artist when I was a new mom, wanting a career that would allow me to set my own hours. I began as a Muralist, bringing the artistic visions of my clients to life on the wall of their choosing. My creations have included everything from rainforest creatures to palm trees and skiing porcupines. Seeking more of a longevity for my work I have turned to painting more on canvas and less on walls. I had my first solo show in July of this year and was very well recieved. While paint and a brush are my first love I also have a passion for photography. I take my camera wherever I go, you never know when that perfect shot will present itself! I approach my work much like I approach my life: with a pun and a wink. Preferring to 'look on the bright side', my creative process usually begins with a humorous spark. I like my work to stimulate conversation, encouraging those who see it to connect with each other, much like friends do when they share a good joke. Whether it is a commissioned piece, a personal creation or a moment captured with my camera, I want my work to stimulate positive emotions for the viewer.