|Gayle Oram MDA VGM
Gayle’s painting career covers more than thirty years. She says it’s unbelievable and she’s so thankful that she has been able to make a living with her passion to paint. Art was her minor, Home Economics Education her major in college. It was never in her wildest dreams that she imagined traveling across America and to different countries to teach a form of art. Gayle first encountered Rosemaling in 1977 when the family moved to Petersburg, Alaska. It was a Norwegian fishing settlement and there was Rosemaling painted on the store fronts. She had already been decorative painting, but was so taken by the rosemaling she started researching and teaching.
In 1980 Gayle became involved in clock making and now has over 30 styles, many made in more than one size. In addition to clocks she designs and makes unique objects for decorative painting. Gayle designed and built her wood products until 1998 at which time she tried to slow down and devote more time to design and painting. She now works with Paul Brooks who builds most of the products she designs, and many ideas and pieces they plan and work out together.
Gayle passed the MDA certification through the Society of Decorative Painters in 1980 and has been a judge for many years since that time. It’s a wonderful program to help people study, learn and achieve something very special. In 2000 Gayle received the Gold Medal in Rosemaling from Vesterheim after many years of working toward that goal.
Over the years Gayle has conducted seminars, local classes and written eight books. The last three Rosemaling books are especially important for new to advanced painters, as she has included a lot of the research she’s done to help others. She hopes to do a new one on European flowers some day when time allows. Between writing books, Gayle has been writing numerous packets, most are of Rosemaling or European flowers. Each includes photographs of one project, the written instructions and the line drawings.
In January 2008 Gayle has made a big change in her life. She’s left her home in Tillamook of 30 years and moved to Pleasant Hill, Oregon. Now she’s back to the home where she grew up, to take care of her 90-year-old mother. She has renovating the old chicken house on the small farm to make it into her new shop/studio.
This is my new studio/shop located back on the farm where I grew up. We've (a big thanks to my brother-in-law, Tim) renovated the old chicken house and it seems to be working out very well now that I'm mostly organized. My mother is very happy having me here with her. She says she can't believe how much it reminds her of Norway.
If you are traveling up or down I - 5 in Oregon, about 5 miles south of Eugene, please stop by and see us. We are just about 6 -7 miles off the freeway next to highway 58, which goes east to Klamath Falls.
Gayle has been displaying at SDP and regional conventions since 1981. These are some photos from the 2013 Portland Raindrop Chapter convention booth.
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