Gayle Mahoney’s current series “Full Frontal Flowers” celebrates the extravagant beauty and sensuality of bodacious buds and blooms. Mahoney blends realistic and abstract painting styles to accentuate the sexual display implicit in flowers and other blooming plants. The subtext of the series reflects freedom in gender expression through the depiction of each flower as unique and monumental in its beauty.
Mahoney spent the first 30 years of her life in California, exploring just about every inch of the Golden State. Growing up in the West gave her access to wild places on a grand scale, and from childhood on she absorbed and relished the vast diversity of landscapes, flora and fauna that could be found within arm’s reach. Adventures in the natural world taught Mahoney that there is great beauty in the ordinary things around us, which can be seen only if the right light is shone upon them. “I strive to capture that feeling in each of my paintings, no matter the subject,” Mahoney says. “Whether I am painting landscapes, flowers or still life, I try to express the magic found in every moment.”
Mahoney began taking her art seriously when she studied under Sacramento-area watercolor artist James Estey. He recognized and helped cultivate her skill as a painter and encouraged her to exhibit her work. Mahoney studied studio art, marketing and communications at San Francisco State University and completed a bachelor’s degree in Art in Society at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Mahoney’s studio is currently located in Montclair, New Jersey, just 12 miles west of Midtown Manhattan.