Gail Backus is a graduate of York University with a B.A. (Fine Arts Major), and a B.Ed. (Art Specialist). She has had the benefit of art instruction from many well regarded artists, and has exhibited her work with galleries in the Greater Toronto Area.
Gail is presently a member of the following: Toronto Watercolour Society (Signature Member), Ontario College of Teachers, Canadian Federation of University Women, Central Ontario Art Association, Mississauga Arts Council, Visual Arts Mississauga, The Mississauga Watercolour Society, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Humber Valley Art Club, The Colour & Form Society (Elected Member), Headwaters Arts, and an Associate member of both SCA (Society of Canadian Artists), CSPWC (Canadian Society for Painters in Watercolour), and the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Museums of Mississauga.
Gail has received several awards including Second Place in a juried show for the World Exposition in Kariya, Aichi, Japan. She has also had paintings accepted in many other juried shows including the Humber Valley Art Club, the Artworks Show at the Oakville Town Centre, The Colour and Form Society, The Toronto Watercolour Society, Society of Canadian Artists, The Society of Canadian Artists International Juried Exhibition, and the Art Gallery of Mississauga, to name a few. She has participated in the Lakeshore Art Trail in Mississauga for many years. Gail was also the feature Artist in December 2017 for Visual Arts Mississauga.
Gail enjoys painting a variety of subjects. She uses both watercolours, and acrylics to achieve a fresh and spontaneous quality in her work. More recently, she has been experimenting with colour and form to express her feelings about ideas.
Her artwork is available in a variety of wearable formats including scarves, tank tops, dresses, and kimonos for sale at Rare Threads Gallery, at the Alton Mill Arts Centre, 1402 Queen St, West, Alton, Ont.