Gail Williams - Artist
Gail Williams is a Northern Ontario girl who grew up on the shores of the mighty Lake Superior, the eldest child in a large and noisy family of eight children. Developing a deep respect and love for the rugged landscape of her childhood, she became the designated 'artistic one' but strongly believes that we are all creative beings
Gail's art is a mixture of watercolour, acrylic and collage. The influence of bodies of water is very evident in her work, however her colour choices lean toward bright and dramatic. In her paintings she loves to play with form and achieves a sense of mystery so that the viewer is engaged in their own interpretation.
A fearless risk taker who is mainly self-taught, Gail continuously sought out art courses and instruction while dedicating a career to radiation therapy and raising two daughters. During her time in the healthcare sector Gail brought her love of art to the renowned Odette Cancer Centre, at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and led several therapy-focused projects using both narrative writing and art. In 2014, she was asked to present the findings of one such project at ISRRT, an international conference in Helsinki. The trip to Finland merged professional goals with a personal objective: achieving a lifelong dream of visiting the country her mother emigrated from in the 1920's.
Like many female artists who must prioritize motherhood over personal passion, Gail has come back to creating art later in life than originally planned and is happy to now be living the dream of artistic pursuit.
Born: Port Arthur Ont. (now Thunder Bay)
Lives: Toronto Ont.
Other Life: Radiation Therapist, Mother, Wife, Grandmother, Sister, Lover of beauty... especially Northern Ontario.
Influences: Grandmother, Sleeping Giant, Vincent Van Gogh
Education: Port Arthur Collegiate Institute, Princess Margaret Hospital School of Radiation Therapy
STORIES AT WORK: WRITING TO LEARN, CARE, AND COLLABORATE IN RADIATION THERAPY
PHOENIX GRANT (MATCHED FUNDS 10 000)
INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL PRESENTATIONS
DRAWING OUTSIDE THE LINES
CLINIC SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECT