After commencing art lessons in 1995 Gail became increasingly interested in painting Australia’s beautiful native flora and fauna and now devotes more and more of her time to painting birds and the research that involves. A winner of many major awards, including Silver Medalist at the International Wildlife Art Society 2004 exhibition in Bristol, UK, The Pastel Acquisitive Award at Pine Rivers Art Awards 2006, major award winner at Courier Mail Art Show 2005, Gail has also won many major awards at QWASI exhibitions.  She was invited by Australia Zoo to create awareness of native flora and fauna found in the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, Cape York with a solo exhibition on Steve Irwin Day, November 2008. She has had several articles published in Australian Artist and Australian Birdkeeper magazines, the latest being Australian Artist July 2009.  In 2005, with Sandra Temple, she produced Aussie Friends in our own backyard, an art and education book for children, based on images of their wildlife art. Following completion of a Cert IV in Assessment and Workplace Training Gail commenced her own art classes and in 2007 moved into her teaching studio in Wynnum.   She is now sought after to conduct workshops in pastel – her favourite medium because of the vibrancy and the tactile nature of pastels.  In 2006 she was awarded Master Pastellist status with the Pastel Society of Australia.   She was accepted as an exhibiting member of the Queensland Wildlife Artists Society in 1997 and in 2010 was honoured with Life Membership.  She is a member of the Nature in the Raw group of wildlife artists and on the Committee of the Old Schoolhouse Gallery in Cleveland where her work can be found. She is motivated by the belief that wildlife art is not only about the art, but also about the environment in which we live — wildlife artists can do much to call attention to the plight of our beautiful and disappearing wildlife through artistic endeavour. Email:  gailsfineart@bigpond.com Website: www.gailhiggins.com.au 92 Greta Street Manly West  Q  4179 Australia

Awards / achievements include:

2011  Finalist, Aust Artist Magazine Art Challenge March 2011 2010  Winner, Best Australian Wildlife, QWASI International Wildlife Art Exhib. 2010  Winner, Portrait/Wildlife Section Boonah Art Awards 2009 Winner Pastel Section, and People’s Choice Award, Kalbar Art Show 2009  2nd Prize Pastel Society of Australia, Winter Competition 2009  Winner, Best Australian Wildlife Art, QWASI Nature in Art 2009 2007  Best Traditional Wildlife Art, Wildlife & Botanic Art Society, Canberra 2006  2nd Prize, Aust. Artist Magazine Art Challenge June 06 2006  Winner, Pastel Acquisitive Award, Pine Rivers Art Awards 2005  Winner Still life / Flora and Fauna, Courier Mail Art Show, Brisbane 2004  Silver Medal Award, TWASI of UK International Exhibition, Bristol UK 2003  Champion Art of Show, Laidley Art Awards 2003  Art Land Prize, Wildlife in Art 2003  Best Bird Art, International Wildlife Exhibition, & Wildlife in Art 2002 and 1998 2003  Best Oil or Acrylic, International Wildlife Exhibition 2002  Best Pastel, QWASI, Wildlife in Art

  • Gail Higgins
  • Gail Higgins

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