Gail Sauter received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Oklahoma and has had numerous exhibits both nationally as well as internationally, from France to Russia to Italy. Sauter is a full-time painter at her studio in Kittery, Maine.
Sauter strives to capture the extraordinary in the ordinary. Sauter is intrigued with memories, it is in her work that she seeks not to depict what she is seeing, but instead, the after image that stays with her. Memories and the passing of time are what provide the foundation of her work. The actual subject matter in Sauter's paintings are what the viewer may first notice, but they only serve as a vehicle for exploration, as the archetypal relationships and landscapes evoke a mood. Her paintings convey time and place with a strong impact that recreates the experience of being present in that moment.
Quickly glimpsed moments often become the ones that we remember the longest. By triggering our visual memories, they remind us of places we've been and people we've known. Although details and features blur, the essence of the moment remains and re-emerges with sudden clarity bringing the past to life again. I find magic in these fleeting moments, their transition from what we see into what we remember, and the way they linger and dwell within us.
Sauter holds a Master Status with the Pastel Society of America (P.S.A.), New York, New York, as well as a Copley Artist Status with the Copley Society, Boston, Massachusetts. Sauter has received fellowships from I Park Art Center, Haddam, Connecticut, Atlin Art Center, Atlin, British Columbia, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, Virginia and Vermont Studio Colony, Johnson, Vermon. Sauter has also had multiple solo and invitational shows in Boston, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Maine, England, France and Russia