Gaylen Solomon Corbett is a Southern California artist whose work is inspired by her constant, careful observations of the world. Over the past decade Gaylen has become a prolific fine artist building a large body of work that has evolved with her changing interests and inspirations.
Artist’s Statement: “I have not tied myself down to one theme or subject matter. Instead, I am led by my passion of observation. I carefully study landscapes of the desert, ocean and even cities. The impressions that these places leave on me come through in my paintings.”
Born into an artistic family, Gaylen’s childhood was spent in her father’s art studio, with an unlimited supply of paint, brushes and paper. She was inspired by the local artists that traveled in and out of the studio, and learned many skills by watching them paint. Early influences include her father, David Solomon, as well as plein air painters Mike Logan and the late Pat Tobin. Summers were spent on the grounds of the Festival of Arts or camping the woods with her grandparents. These childhood experiences continue to influence Gaylen’s work, as is evidenced in her depictions of nature.
GRAPHIC DESIGN BACKGROUND
Gaylen went on to study art and design at Saddleback College. In 1993 she landed her first job in the graphic design field. By 2000, Gaylen had started her own graphic design business, specializing in website design. An early pioneer in the field of web design, when many sites were created by computer programmers, she broke new ground as a designer creating websites that were both aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate.
As her business evolved, one of her specialties became building websites for artists. This allowed her the opportunity to work with artists from all over the country. Studying their work was part of her job, and it turned out to be a valuable experience that provided her with deep insight and inspiration.
Knowing of her art background, Journey School invited her to teach visual arts to their middle school students. She has been teaching at Journey since 2011, building a robust art curriculum for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Gaylen also teaches regular plain air watercolor classes for adults, and is frequently invited to teach at local “paint night” events.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
“These wide and varied experiences have led me to where I am today. Having my hand in a variety of fields – fine art, design and education – is a culmination of my life experiences. I think it’s where I’m supposed to be.” ~Gaylen