Pearlene Gavlik was born in Lowell, Mass. She began her art career
as a young teenager drawing people in pencil and charcoal. She
found herself studying people's facial features and gestures,
rather than paying attention in math class.
After getting married and having four children, her art was put
on hold for many years, until she had more time. In 1984 she began
designing and painting folk art, which she would sell at art and
craft shows throughout New England. She enjoyed painting the folk
art for a while, but was yearning to start creating paintings
Her first paintings were done in acrylics in the Americana Primitive
style. Pearlene's favorite subject to paint at that time was barn
scenes with families working and playing together. Her color choices
were warm and vibrant, particularly loving the complementary colors
of red and green.
Pearlene sold her paintings at Art and Craft shows and through
Previte Art Gallery in Amherst, N.H. After completing about eighty
paintings in this style, she dicided to start experimenting in
other mediums. She tried oils for a few paintings and found waiting
for them to dry to do the next layer made her lose interest.
Pearlene started using watercolors and found her new passion.
Seeing all those jewel-like colors blending and merging together
was very visually exciting to her. She loves painting flowers
because of the beautiful colors and the beauty of the delicate
petals. She has many flower beds at her home, and raises them
from seed in her greenhouse.
Pearlene also has a great love for the sea. Being at the sea
makes her want to run and jump with excitement like a little child
running on the beach. After being there for a while, she finds
peace and contentment, sitting and watching the waves roll into
Pearlene is exhibiting and selling her art work through her web
site, Bebes Art for Everyone Gallery in Cave Junction Oregon,
Oregon Caves Gifts and Gallery , Clear Creek Family Practice in
Selma, Oregon, the River Gallery in Florence, Oregon and Crescent
Harbor Gallery in Crescent City, Ca. She enters local art shows
and has won several ribbons and awards. She is a member of the
Josephine County Arts Association in Grants Pass, Oregon and a
member of the Redwood Coast Art Association in Crescent City,