Gale Davison is a nature and landscape, digital, 35mm photographer who prints her own images with her archival ink, Epson SureColor P800 printer and speciality papers. Her work maintains the aura of nature’s pristine beauty. She focuses on magical moments she finds while adventuring into local venues around Waterville and regionally in the state of Maine. She has exhibited locally in Waterville at the Grand Central Cafe, Common Street Arts Holiday Bazaar, and Framemakers. Her images as 5x7 blank cards were offered for sale at Selah Tea in 2018 and 2019. She was an exhibitor at Longfellow’s Cabin Fever Art Exhibit in February 2020.
Gale is a largely self taught photographic artist. She was first exposed to photography by her father who used medium format cameras and developed his work in his home based B&W darkroom. His work mainly focused on portraits and events but he admired his daughter’s efforts to bring back aesthetic images from local hikes and while traveling on vacation in Maine.
Gale has spent her career years in Maine doing social work as a child protective worker in Somerset County, Maine and as an LCSW in Waterville community mental health agencies. She began exploring the fine art aspects of photography by attending workshops and classes at the Maine Media College in 2013. She did a PechaKucha presentation in 2014 about her ice series entitled My Antarctica taken in Waterville. In 2018 she joined the Professional Photographers of America on state and national levels. In April 2019 she attended the Island Institute’s Artist’s and Maker’s Conference, had a portfolio review and was encouraged to exhibit in galleries. As a result she exhibited her Sand and Seaweed series at BRAF in Boothbay Harbor and River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta in 2019. In March 2020 she joined the Waterville Area Art Society right before the Covid-19 restrictions began.
Gale’s plans for the rest of 2020 are to stay safe, stay close to home, and use this involuntary retreat to learn more about being an artist, honing her skills, and developing her vision of herself as an artist.