Award winning Australian Artist Gail Tavener specialises in painting a diverse selection of exciting traditional, realist, illustrational, representational and contemporary style original paintings, including Australian landscapes, seascapes, flowers, native flora, fauna, birdlife, city streetscapes and typical Australian rural farms and buildings.
Gail has been featured in Australian Artist Magazine and her work was chosen to feature in “Master Painters of Australia and New Zealand”. Articles in magazines and newspapers over the years are too numerous to mention.
Gail's diverse range of watercolours, pastels, oils and acrylics, inspire and stimulate. She has won many awards and commendations for her painting and full negative photography over the years. Many of Gail's works are now featured on beautiful tea towels, bags, cushion covers, purses and journal covers - all made in Bendigo by Sonia Brit Design and can not only be seen at Gail's studio but also at Bob Boutique (under the verandahs of the historic Shamrock Hotel, 17 Williamson Street, Bendigo) plus a small selection at the Bendigo Visitor Centre, Pall Mall Bendigo -opposite the Shamrock Hotel.
Some more detail: Gail’s painting subjects include Australian Birds, Australian Landscape, Australian Historic Buildings, Australian Rural farms, Australian native Flora and Fauna, wildflowers and domestic flowers, seascapes, as well as iconic Bendigo paintings embracing local streets, cafes, buildings and historic Bendigo Trams. Vibrant oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolour paintings also feature imagined inspirations as well as some contemporary visions.
Gail has been winning awards and high commendations for her paintings since 1981 and her works grace walls all over the world as do her fabulous limited edition art prints which are now in high demand.
Photography has always been an integral part of the way she sees her subjects and has helped to recognise how to paint tone and see the quality of light. Gail has been winning awards for her photography since 1964 and most of her photographs are still full negative works on film, however it is the digital age and some of her new works are digital. The section "Bendigo Trams” gives an insight into some of the photographic images produced from her historic photographs taken 40 plus years ago. “The Last Days of Bendigo Trams - 1972” is a collection of over 40 photographs which can now be purchased in small, medium, large and very large prints on paper and some selected images on canvas. All are historic, nostalgic and very collectable. Bendigo Tram notebooks with Bendigo tram images on front and indented on inside pages. Badges and cards featuring tram images - great for collectors and are all in limited edition.
Gail’s works have been featured in Australian Artist Magazine, Australian Guild of Realist Artists - Hues Magazine, Bendigo Magazine, Postcards Magazine, Pastel News, Focus Magazine, Tourist News, Bendigo Advertiser and other publications too numerous to mention. Bendigo Tourism nominated Gail for “Tourism Supporter of the year” for her work in promoting the City of Bendigo through artist trail brochures. Gail has also conducted many art workshops over the years and been a regular judge at local art shows and photographic exhibitions. Her images on brooches and textiles feature birds and Bendigo themes - perfect souvenirs or gifts.