Gail de Cordova


Gail lives and works full time as a painter in Cambridge (UK). She achieved a first class BA (hons) degree in Fine Art at Exeter College of Art and Design in 1981, after which she lived in Madrid for a year before returning to England. She has been working as a painter consistently ever since along wth raising a family and spending time in Andalucia, Italy and France.

'My work reflects a world of memory and dream. I am inspired by the natural world and how it touches us at a deeper level. I grew up in Cornwall - whose wild beauty is a strong influence as is the light and colour of Andalucia. My ancestors are from Cordoba, hence my name. I live and work in Cambridge; the ever-changing skies and flat watery strips of land are perfect for dreaming and reflecting'.

'I am passionate about the process of painting - and work very intuitively building up layers of different materials, which can include plaster, paper and both acrylic and oil paint. I love playing with the tactile qualities of the materials and also the illusory aspects of painting. I find the process transformational and I really live each painting as I make it. The most exiting moment is when, and I can never quite predict when this will happen, a painting takes on a life of its own. l then have to surrender to it and let it take me where I need to go.' 

Gail  has been working with author, Janet Hujon and graphic designer, Susanne Jasilek to produce their first book of poetry and paintings - 'Vessels and Visions'. 

The book will be launched at Gail's Private View at The Saffron Walden Gallery on Friday 23rd May 2014 - copies available through the gallery.

Some of Gail's original paintings are also available as limited edition prints.  Please contact us for further details.