About Gale

Who am I? What is my history?

I attended College of the Atlantic to pursue a career working for environmental causes in the early 1970’s. I switched to social work and spent 25 years working first for child protective services in Somerset County and then as a licensed clinical social worker in community mental health agencies in Kennebec County in Maine. I was a member of the New England Fancy Guppy Association from 1999 to 2005. I successfully competed against other guppy breeders in the International Fancy Guppy Association competitions and won first and second place with my black guppies in 2001. I earned a Permaculture Design Certificate in 2015 and was instrumental in getting Greater Waterville’s Sustain Mid Maine Coalition’s Permaculture group started. I am currently part of a small writing group in Waterville. I am a member of the Capital Area Camera Club and Maine Professional Photographer’s Association. I enjoy gardening, ceramics, reading science fiction and walking in nature.

What is my history of showing my work?

I have sporadically exhibited my work over time. The first was at the Waterville Arts Festival in 1989 and again in 2006. I’ve also exhibited at the Boothbay Regional Arts Foundation in Boothbay Harbor, the River Roads Gallery in Skowhegan and at events promoted by the Capital Area Camera Club but nothing after 2010.

What is my history of using cameras to create my art?

I have a long history of using cameras to create art. My father gave me cameras and let me experiment with B&W darkroom techniques during my childhood and early adult years in New York State. I used a Canon F-1 single lens reflex camera from 1984 until transitioning into digital beginning in 2003. The transition to using digital equipment has been a challenging one for me. I began with a SONY point and shoot camera in 2003 and in 2008 I purchased my first serious DSLR, a Canon EOS 40D. I then upgraded to a Canon 5D Mark III in 2012. I am delighted with the results of being able to use such sophisticated devices to capture the images I envision.