Gaila Adair was born in the United Kingdom and graduated both from the Gloucestershire College of Art and Technology and the Winchester School of Art. For the last thirty years, Adair has enjoyed a successful career designing and constructing gardens, using ‘hands on’ skills that have been akin to painting in three dimensions. Drawing and producing visualisations and artist impressions have been an important part of this process. Adair has carried on painting in the background and in the last few years developed a style that her professional experience, knowledge and understanding of a landscape has given her.
The sight of clouds scudding across a moody sky, clumps of trees silhouetted against the horizon, the rhythmic patterns of hedges casting shadows across snow covered fields, or bright sunlit haze on the sea. The intricacies and character that form the British Landscape in all its guises, inspire Adair.
A ‘Sense of Place’ and a feeling of belonging within a landscape is a vital emotion, and this is what Adair tries to evoke in her paintings. The relentless weather can have such an effect on our demeanour, and our reaction to what we see in front of us, alters according to the differing colour, light and textures of the changing seasons. Once paint meets canvas, a transitional spark from initial inspiration to a more expressive depiction evolves. The paint marks have the seeds of abstraction, a vibrancy or subtlety of their own which is evocative of the original scene but not necessarily a true depiction of what Adair sees.
Adair’s favourite medium is oil as it can be plastered with robust intent with palette knives or large brushes or washed sensitively over the canvas like sunlight and water in swathes, like the landscape itself.