Gemma Gylling Bio
Gemma is a self-taught artist whose artwork is enjoyed by many animal art collectors all over the world. Applying several layers of colored pencils allows Gemma to simulate the look of an oil or acrylic painting; each piece can take up to 150 hours to create.Growing up on a small ranch in Southern California, Gemma Gylling developed her love of nature, animals and creativity. Gemma currently lives in Valley Springs, California with her husband, Bill and their two dogs. An avid traveler, Gemma thrives in locals that allow her the opportunity to photograph the wildlife. In addition to most of the United States, Gemma has also travelled to Costa Rica, Alaska, Mexico, South Africa and Canada. Many of the reference photos Ms. Gylling uses for her paintings are from her Wildlife Safari trip in South Africa. Gemma, a member of Artists for Conservation, pledges a portion of her sales to Animal Conservation groups including PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society) and the National Wildlife Federation. Gemma volunteers as a Docent for the Lions and Elephants at the PAWS Sanctuary in San Andreas, California.When asked what inspires her Gemma says, “The Animals speak to me in a very special way and because of that I try to help them speak to you through my art. I strive to portray the velvet touch of their fur, the sound of their roar or the plight they are living to simply exist”.
From the time I was a little girl I always wanted to create art. My art is inspired by my love and passion of wildlife and animals. The Animals speak to me in a very special way and because of that I try to help them speak to you through my art. I strive to portray the velvet touch of their fur, the sound of their roar or the plight they are living to simply exist. My animal art is created by applying several layers of colored pencil on suede mat board or a sanded surface. Each creation can take up to 150 hours. When viewing my artwork, people often times say “I can’t believe this is done with Colored Pencils”. I am a self-taught artist who wants to share the wonder of nature through my art. I hope you enjoy my work.