Seeing the Whole Picture

Sep 21, 2011 No Comments

“I am constantly dreaming. I visualize my life. I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. I believe you can do anything that you put your mind to. Art is cyclic. Everything has to do with art.”

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Gayle Rappaport-Weiland

Gayle Rappaport wears many different hats in order to reach her vision of success. She does intuitive, impressionistic works using water color, acrylic, and mixed media.

“I am an artist first,” Gayle tells InterviewHer.com. “I believe my work comes from my soul,” Gayle explains. A native New Yorker,  now living in Sacramento, California, Gayle has been painting since she was a little girl.

“Growing up in New York, I was surrounded by art, from the graffiti in the subway, to the art in the museums. Art was just a lifestyle; it’s a part of you, it’s a way of life.”

“My most inspiring piece is called Roots of Wisdom. It was one of those intuitive pieces and I look at it myself and say I couldn’t paint that again if I tried,” Gayle says laughingly. “I have been doing this for a long time and so I have gained a bit of wisdom but my roots, no matter where I go or where I end up-I am a New Yorker. This painting shows that my roots are in New York but I love the country, I love being outdoors. I love things that are textural and organic. And I feel that this painting encompasses all those feelings and it is one of the paintings I love quite dearly. It’s abstract and the neat thing is, it’s a limited edition print, so people can own it.”

Roots Of Wisdom by: Gayle Rappaport-Weiland

Gayle has a college degree in recreation, emphasis in special education, environmental education, and art history. Within her initial work as a recreation director, she taught painting classes and would post her paintings on the bulletin board saying this is what we are going to paint today.

“Then all of a sudden, people were stealing my art off of the bulletin board,” Gayle recalls. “So I decided, if my paintings are worth stealing, they are worth selling, so that was when I decided art was the way to go. I believe art is my life’s journey. I paint whenever I get time within my work week.”

The Artist Wears Various Hats

By: Gayle Rappaport-Weiland

“I sell images of my work on Café Pas well as in galleries and studios. I paint pictures and sell them on various platforms and in various avenues,” Gayle explains to InterviewHer.com. “I also help other artists sell their work. Someone could commission me to do a painting in my style but in colors they choose.”

“I do framing. I can come and speak at an event. I teach business of art classes. I do demonstrations in front of groups. I have a greeting card line. I do water color parties. I do home school instruction. I can curate a show in a gallery. I do speaking engagements. I do on air TV and radio hosting, too.”

One aspect of her work that Gayle find very important is her work with the community.

“It’s not all about take; it’s about give, too,” Gayle says. “On the train we are on sometimes we forget that it’s about give, too.”

Gayle has conducted workshops and in-services for a large number of organizations including numerous California Unified School Districts, Charter Hospital Recreation Directors, art clubs, public and private school professionals and artist in school programs. In 2004 Gayle won the prestigious Arties Award for her work in Art Education.

Gayle has served on the advisory board for the 1996 – 2010 K.V.I.E. Live Art Auction. She has served coordinating the framing program and on-air talent, acting as on-air spokesperson and promoting children’s education. In 2005, Gayle was selected as a KVIE Art Auction Legacy Artist and in 2006 as a Silver Anniversary Artist, due to tremendous contributions in the areas of art education, an overall inspiration to the arts community, and adding artistic excellence to the local region.

The Artist as Collaborator

“I feel as an artist, teacher, consultant and a person who teaches about the business of art, we have to create a win-win situation and collaboration is the key,” Gayle says. “Working together to get the word out is what’s important. No business or artist can do it alone. Every part of the pie you have to collaborate and create connections.”

Gayle’s website, www.grappaport.com, details all of her services and her work, including the limited edition prints which are available for some of her work.

GoneFishin by: Gayle Rappaport-Weiland

“Originals are one of a kind,” Gayle says. “I tell people, if you love an original, buy it because art is energy and you can’t recreate the energy of the moment. I could do one that is similar flavor but you would never get the exact painting because I am a different person every moment. People can purchase the limited edition prints, though. I believe art is for everyone. You can buy a greeting card of mine for $2.50. There is a price range I feel would fill every need and every niche.”

“People can contact me and I can do phone consultations,” Gayle offers. “I truly feel that it is important to be professional and efficient. You want to have drive and passion. I am truly an advocate of doing what you believe in and what you are passionate about, because if you do that, everything else will come. What you need shows up.”

The Artist as Advisor

“My best advice for a woman entrepreneur,” Gayle begins, “is to keep your humor and keep it fun. You can do anything you put your mind. Recognize that you can be successful and sometimes people around you may not want you to be successful, so go beyond that.  It’s really important to own your own energy. Do not pull any energy of people outside of you.”

“People don’t see the whole picture. Success is a journey,” Gayle tells InterviewHer.com. “It is different to anyone. You have to define for yourself what success means. Success is extremely personal, and success is work. I work really, really hard. If you believe in yourself, don’t let naysayers say you can’t do it. If you have drive, passion, are organized, are prepared, are skilled and look at it as fun, then just know you need many pieces of the pie. You have to be prepared to give it your all.”

 

 

Written by: Sherry Liantonio

GAYLE RAPPAPORT

www.GRappaport.com

 

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