“City and Coast Exhibit” Title: Wilshire and Western 30x40in Oil on CanvasGay Summer Rick
One of my first blog posts was on Malibu Gallery Art and Framing. Gay Summer Rick’s paintings were prominently displayed on a wall featuring local artists. I have been a fan since that day. Gay achieves her muted, impressionist style by using palette knives instead of brushes. Her background in sculpting led to her discover the perfect medium to express her artistic vision of Malibu and other coastal villages.
Recently I paid a visit to her lovely Malibu home where Gay creates her magic. There are two studios, one of which is a roof top deck. We were joined by filmmaker Erick Minh Swenson who was doing some pick up shots for his upcoming mini-documentary on Gay’s process. Gay paints with palette knives and layers paint of similar and contrasting colors which is a lengthy process but also an environmentally friendly one. The City and Coast” series evokes a bit of the “Film Noir” period of Hollywood films in Gay’s depictions of iconic locations.