"Reflections" - 40" by 40"
- Continuing with our artist profiles of artists both living and working in the Hamptons, our next artist is Gayle Tudisco, who lives in Bridgehampton.
Gayle is a plein air and photo reference artist who captures the landscapes that are so unique to the East End of Long Island. Her work includes the many water views, marshes, barns and boathouses dotting the North and South Forks. She works in oils and brings to her paintings a unique sense of color and composition that allows the viewer to see the story behind the painting.
She has studied at Amagansett Applied Arts and the Golden Eagle and has studied and painted with Michael Viera, Kimberly Munson, Howard Rose, and other known artists. She has also studied at the Hudson River Art Workshop in Greenville, New York.
Gayle has shown her work at Amagansett Applied Arts, Sylvester's, Guild Hall
, the Rose Show at the Rogers Memorial Library
of Southampton and was part of the opening art exhibit, "Landscapes, Etc.," at the Water Mill Museum
. She has participated in the annual Art in the Garden Auction at the Holy Rosary Church in Bridgehampton and was the featured artist in 2010. Her work can be seen at the Chrysalis Gallery
"Still Water" - 30" by 30"
Born in New York City
and raised in Woodmere, Long Island, Tudisco explains "My interest in art began after college when I became a Speech Therapist for the East Meadow School District. I created a 'Sound Farm' using different objects to promote the correct usages of sounds. For example, Sammy the Snake for the 's' sound and Rory the Lion for 'r' sound. I then illustrated two children's books which unfortunately never got published but I used the books with my students who loved them. I became involved with oil paintings and landscapes when we bought a house out here and got very serious when we moved out here full time. It was at that time that I started taking formal lessons and studying with various artists."
Continuing, Tudisco states "I began showing in some local shows where my paintings were very favorably received and began to sell quite well. I was asked to show at the Art in the Garden auction where after two years I was asked to be the featured artist. I was also invited to show my work at Chrysalis Gallery in Southampton where I have been for almost four years. I love to paint and cannot even begin to describe the pleasure I get from starting with a blank canvas and finishing with a beautiful Hamptons landscape."
"Breezy Day" - 24" by 36"
She is a member of Guild Hall, the East End Arts
Council, the Artist's Alliance of East Hampton, the Water Mill Museum and the Southampton Artists Association.
Gayle is currently represented by the Chrysalis Gallery, 2 Main Street in Southampton, 631-287-1883.
When did you start making art and what medium(s) do you consider to be your roots in art?
I started painting approximately 10 years ago but got very serious about my art five years ago. I use oil as my medium and I paint both plein air and photo reference. Along the way, I have been very fortunate to have studied with two wonderful artists who have had an enormous influence on my style of painting.
What is it about the Hamptons that brought you here and enticed you to stay, work, and pursue your art here as opposed to some place else?
"Path to the Boathouse" - 36" by 40"
I used to come out to the East End for summers after I finished college. I just fell in love with the area. After getting married, my husband and I would vacation out here with our children. We've had homes in the Hamptons since the early 1980s. When we both retired in 2005 we left NYC and moved here full-time. To me there is no place more beautiful. The water, the light, the dunes, the marshes, the skies all make this area unique.
How do you support yourself as an artist?
While I do not have to rely on my art for support, I am very fortunate to be represented by the Chrysalis Gallery in Southampton.
Why live and work in the Hamptons as opposed to elsewhere?
Nowhere else I have ever been gives me the feeling of total completion that I get from living out here. I really love being able to call the East End my home.
What local environmental or historical aspects of the Hamptons do you relate to that may be reflected in your medium?
"Serenity"- 24" by 30"
I try to have my paintings reflect the light that is so unique to this area. There is a certain softness and peace that I try to incorporate in all of my paintings so that the viewer can see, feel and enjoy this beauty.
What artists do you feel have influenced you and your work?
Michael Viera and Howard Rose have had a great deal of influence on my work and I greatly admire the work of April Gornik
and Jeffrey Muhs.
What advice would you give an emerging artist?
If you truly love to paint you can be a good painter. Take lessons. The more you paint the better you will be. Paint what you love and paint as often as you can.
What gives you an edge (if any)?
"Grasses" - 24" by 30"
I try to put on canvas the beauty and tranquility I see around me. I strive to bring a sense of color and composition to my work that allows the viewer to see the story behind the painting.
What are you working on now, and are you involved in any upcoming shows or exhibitions?
At this time I am working on East End landscapes and getting paintings ready for two upcoming shows. The first I am preparing for is my show at the Chrysalis Gallery in Southampton which will be Saturday, July 2nd. The second is the Art in the Garden Auction held every year by the Holy Rosary Church in Bridgehampton. Last year I was their featured artist and this year I was asked to contribute a few paintings to the auction. The auction is being held on July 9th.
For more information on Tudisco go to www.gayletudiscopaintings.com
, or contact the Chrysalis Gallery, 2 Main Street, Southampton, 631-287-1883, www.chrysalis.com.au
Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.