Gail Sibley

Gail Sibley is a popular workshop instructor and has beena professional artist for more then 25 years. She delights in the experience of painting from life, whether a landscape en plein air, or a still life in studio. Her work is characterized by bold colour achieved with a limited palette.

A traveller at heart, Gail offers workshops internationally with a focus on how understanding values leads to freedom with colour. She guides participants to hone their unique artistic voice and gives strategies for dealing with negative self-judgement.

Born and brought up in Jamaica, Gail Sibley moved to Canada to complete a BFA (Fine Arts) followed by a MA in art history. Yearning to create, she then returned to painting after university. Experimenting with a small box of pastels, Gail was hooked by their vibrancy, immediacy, and luminosity.

Gail participates in national and international juried shows and has won various awards including the Grand Prize for Painting On The Edge (POTE), an annual international juried exhibition at the Federation Gallery in Vancouver. Her work is in private and corporate collections in several countries. She is a Signature Member with the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and a Master Pastellist with Pastel Artists Canada (MPAC).

Gail shares her knowledge and that of others in a highly-regarded blog at and can be seen on YouTube at She also offers online courses. Gail was a primary contributor to the recently published book, DK’s Artist’s Drawing Techniques (August 2017).

Gail lives in Victoria, BC, Canada with her partner Cam in a 1910 character home.