Gaye Adams


I am blessed to live the life of a painter.

My work is not at all difficult to understand. It is merely an ongoing exploration of that which I find beautiful, from the everyday to the extraordinary.

What really drives me to the easel is my love of rendering light. Backlight, cast shadows, bounced light - all of it is quite mesmerizing to me. I enjoy the other elements present in the visual field, those of color and design etc., but the light hooks me every time.

In addition to doing my larger studio paintings, I very much enjoy painting on site, and have been privileged to do a fair amount of traveling and painting in the last number of years. I also enjoy doing small studies of the still life and the model in my studio during our long Canadian winters.

To balance the solitude of my life as a painter, I find a great deal of fulfillment paying forward the skills my mentors have passed on to me to my students. What a joy. I have gotten to meet some really amazing folks through the years.

Thanks for visiting my site - if you have any questions or comments for me, please feel free to drop me a line. I would love to hear from you.


Federation of Canadian Artists Medals Show
2016, Gold Medal
Master Pastellist designation (MPAC)
2007, Pastel Artists of Canada
Senior Signature Status
2003, Federation of Canadian Artists
Associate Status
2002, Federation of Canadian Artists
Signature Status
1998, Pastel Society of Canada


International Artist Magazine
Pastel Artist International Magazine
Artists for Conservation Exhibition Book
2013, 2015
Art for an Oil Free Coast Publication

Recent Instructional Contracts

Gibsons School of the Arts
2016, Gibsons, BC
Whistler Arts Council
2013, 2014, 2015, Whistler, BC
Santa Barbara Arts Association
2010 - 2017, Santa Barbara, CA
Federation of Canadian Artists
2000 - 2017, Vancouver, BC
North Shore Artists Guild
2013, 2015, 2017, Vancouver, BC
Leading Edge Workshops
2013, 2015, Calgary, BC
Bear Valley Highlands Workshop
2013, 2015, Lumby, BC
Slikamilina Painting Tours
2013, 2016, Croatia
Taste of Spain Painting Tours
2013, Andalucia, Spain


2017, Fort Langley, BC
FCA Medals Show
2016, FCA Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Art for an Oil Free Coast
Currently on tour
The West Fine Art Show
2013, 2015, 2016, Surrey, BC
Fall/Christmas Show
2010 - 2016, Hampton Gallery
Two Woman Show
2015, Hampton Gallery