Gail Sibley | Tutor at Tuscany in the Frame Italian Workshops

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

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

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 of 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.

Tuscany is located in central Italy and stretches from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Its landscape, artistic heritage and stand-out cities – first among them Florence – make Tuscany an unquestioned protagonist of international tourism. In this region, nature has many different facets, starting from the coast that alternates long and sandy beaches, like the Versilia beach, with rocky cliffs and steep headlands. The islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, a crystal-clear sea and rich seabeds, are peerless.

You can admire sceneries of uncontaminated nature in the Apuan Alps and in several protected areas, such as the Orbetello Lagoon, home to many species of migrant birds, including pink egrets.
However, the most typical sceneries of the region are those that merge the beauty of nature with the millenary work of man. The amazing Gulf of Baratti and the sites of Vetulonia, Vulci and Pitigliano guard necropoli and vestiges of the Etruscan civilization, while Roselle and Cosa evoke memories from the Roman Age.

Medieval villages, historical towns, castles and defense systems, country churches (the so-called pievi) and beautiful abbeys, like the one of Sant’Antimo, are scattered all over the territory and their profiles stand out in the landscapes of the Crete Senesi, Orcia Valley, Garfagnana, Chianti and the Maremma.
Finally, Tuscany is full of spas: Montecatini, Saturnia, Montepulciano, Monsummano and Bagno Vignoni, which offer relaxing holidays thanks to their thermal waters and well-equipped facilities for all types of treatments.