Gailene was born and brought up in Auckland and her leisure pursuits have always included creative activites. ( Music, pottery, dressmaking, and painting). She studied oil painting in her early years, then turned to watercolours in later years and is now a member of several art groups, where she has attended selected workshops. Gailene also spent many years sailing the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf with her husband John, consequently her memories of their yachting days and their more recent overseas travel has a huge influence on her work.
Her recent artworks are mostly watercolours, contemporary acrylics and mixed media/collage works involving textures and glazes, all created in a lively, energetic style, featuring clean, clear, vibrant colours, always striving to capture a sense of movement and atmosphere.
Gailene has been exhibiting and selling her artwork since 2004, and it is currently included in various galleries, as well as in private collections in New Zealand and overseas.
Recent awards include
Best watercolour at ARTerslie June 2016.
2nd in Mixed Media category at Royal Easter Show Art, March 2016.
1st at Auckland Watercolour Society Annual Merits Exhibition, October 2015.
2nd at ART @ Orakei, October 2015
Best Watercolour at ARTerslie June 2015.
1st overall, Auckkland East Arts Council 30th Anniversary Exhibition, October 2014.
1st Overall at ARTerslie June 2014.
1st Watercolour + Inks at Franklin Arts Festival Sept 2013.