Gay Faulkenberry

Heirloom Pumpkins, oil, 10″ x 12″

Gay Faulkenberry
( b. 1952)


Born in Stillwater, OK, Gay has lived throughout the West. Known for her Impressionistic approach to color and light, she is renowned for her plein air paintings of urban and rural landscapes, as well as studio pieces of floral and still life. Her in-depth training was with noted Russian-born artist Sergei Bongart. Gay is a Master-Signature Member of AWA and a Signature Member and past president of the Plein Air Painters of America. Her work is represented in many private and corporation collections.

Artist's Statement:

Having a diverse range of subject matter has continued to be a goal of mine throughout my painting career. From still life to street scenes, interiors and landscape, each presents its own set of challenges and excitement. I’m drawn to the play of color, value and design in whatever inspires each subject. The natural world and landscape is by far the most exciting for me. Painting on location, within a time frame of light on the subject, creates a spontaneous and exhilarating experience that’s hard to capture any other way. The illusion of a time, place, and mood becomes the challenge.


Master-Signature Member American Women Artists; Member of the Plein-Air Painters of America


Shaun Horne Gallery
Crested Butte, CO

Winning the Purchase Award has such enormous significance for me, it’s every artist’s dream to be in a museum and my work, Lee’s Ferry Landing, will be at the Tucson Desert Art Museum for as long as I live. I’m so thankful to the American Women Artists for that opportunity.”

— Lili Ann Laurin
AWA Artists, AZ