Gail Rivera

Artist Bio

Being raised by an intuitive art educator set me up for my foray into abstract art. It took a lifetime of taking odds and ends of art classes and retirement from 40 years in social work before plunging into art production. Seven years of art photography finally pushed me over the edge, and I’ve entered my 70s with a new joy and love of creating with paint and assorted texture makers!

What excites me is color and texture, and the ability to feel my work at multiple levels. While I mainly use acrylic paint, an assortment of found objects often creep into my pieces. People say that there is an Asian feel to some of my work, no doubt influenced by the 20 years I lived in Hong Kong and the Philippines.

My work has been shown at the High Falls Gallery, Pittsford Barnes & Noble, Main Street Art Gallery, ROCO and in Penfield at the Town Hall, Legacy at Willow Pond Way, and the Penfield Community Center. My learning continues through lessons and mentoring with Lanna Pejovic and membership in the Penfield Art Association. The entire basement of my home has become my well-used and beloved studio.