Gail Werner earned her M.F.A. in drawing and painting from California State University, Long Beach in 1985. She is a painter working in oil and encaustic. She also specializes in the monotype printmaking process. The Southern California desert and mountain landscape, plant and animal life, and cultural elements related to her Native American background inspire her work. She is part Cupeño, Luiseño, and Kumeyaay, three tribes located in Southern California.
Recent shows include Protecting Mother Earth, at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, Meditations, a four-person inaugural exhibit of the new Long Beach arts registry at the Collaborative gallery, and The Sweet Breathing of Plants: Indigenous Arts of the Neshkinukat Artists at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden Library. She was also included in the juried exhibits 4th National Monotype/Monoprint Juried Exhibit, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, Massachusetts, 2015 California Open Exhibition, Tag Gallery, Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica, and Ink and Clay 41, Kellogg University Art Gallery at Cal Poly Pomona. In addition, she painted a mural for the 2016 POW! WOW! Mural Festival in downtown Long Beach.
"Landscape, color, light and imagery, abstract designs, stories and songs from my Native American background–all of these elements merge together for me to evoke a sense of place." – Gail Werner