After a hiatus that was longer than I’d like, I’m getting my artistic ‘feet’ wet again, both online and in my studio. So while this isn’t the beginning of the month, when I like to post these, I’m hoping that better late than never still holds true.

I’m really excited to bring you the work of this amazing artist. As someone who loves symbolism within my own artwork, I am especially moved by the beauty, grace and esoteric nature of Gail Potocki‘s paintings.

What are your main inspirations in art?
I am inspired by the symbolist painters of the late 19th and early 20th century for their ability to intrique the viewer with their sense of mystery and silence within their work. I am also inspired by the fragility and beauty of nature as well as the unexplainable.

What is your art background? (education, experience, etc)
I studied at the School of Representational Art in Chicago which focuses on the traditional craft of figure drawing and painting.

What is your process for creating your work?
Sometimes I am inspired by something that I have read that effects me emotionally. I then try to translate the feelings and idea symbolically in my work. Other times I start with a image that I am attracted to and build a story around it.

What is the single most important thing you want to communicate with your work?
Most of my work relates to enviromental themes that I think urgently need to be brought in to society’s consciousness. I hope to transfer the effect these issues have on me to the viewer.

What are your career goals?
I would be happy if my work would help bring some of these environmental issues to light and inspire people to respect the planet. My other career goal is to not starve!

What one object has been the most instrumental in helping you achieve what you have so far?
I have stuck to my own aesthetic and tried not to be influenced by what is going on in the art world. This has helped me to strengthen my own visual language and kept my work honest.

Tell me three random things about you.

  • I love oddities from the 19th century so my apartment looks like something from the Addams Family.
  • I love animals and am fascinated by birds.
  • I don’t know how to swim.