Gail Ruth Peterson grew up surrounded by art. Her maternal grandparents were both professional artists in the early 1900’s and through the decades. Her grandmother, Ruth Anderson, continued to paint and draw into her late 80’s.
Gail never seemed to have art talent most of her life, though she tried to sketch and draw as a child. Her first husband purchased all the Bob Ross art supplies for Christmas one year. That year she produced some beautiful pieces of oil paintings but found it difficult to continue the hobby while her children were young.
Three years after her husband of 25 years died of cancer, Gail attended a local wine and design type art class and someone offered to buy the piece! She enjoyed the experience of working with acrylics and was surprised that she remembered some of the techniques she learned in the Bob Ross videos. Soon after, Gail was displaying art in local businesses and selling art to friends and family.
In 2013, after her first book was published, Who Am I Without Him?, Gail went on a missions trip to Nigeria where she painted several murals and taught art classes to several widows. She enjoyed doing workshops so much in Nigeria, she began raising funds to help the African widow by conducting art workshops in Raleigh, NC.
Since the Coronavirus pandemic, Gail is taking advantage of the Internet to help others discover the joy of painting and drawing. After all, we’re all made in the image of God, right? He’s the greatest creator ever so there is a little creativity in all of us. Gail believes that tapping into the artistic side helps us experience who we are at a deeper level.
Her second husband, Mike always told Gail that she had a gift of painting pictures—with words and with a brush! He always encouraged her to seek God’s plan to use the gifts and talents He has given her for His glory. Today, she is honoring Mike’s desire for her to do just that.
Gail's Mom, who is also very artistic, has been living with her for the past four years. They have so much fun together.
Gail has been happily married and widowed twice, has 2 grown daughters, and 6 grandchildren. Drawing and creating is often an expected activity when the grandchildren come to visit, especially on cold or rainy days.
Gail loves to travel, has lived in Canada, and while she loves to meet people from all walks of life, hibernating quietly alone to write, pray, paint, redecorate, garden, or draw helps recharge her joy, love and sensitivity to God's direction for her live.