Gail Rodney studied drawing and painting at the National Academy School of Fine Art in New York City where she earned a Certificate in Painting. Classes there took her onto the city streets where an enthusiasm for plein aire painting began. Early landscapes of Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts led to membership at the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association’s Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown where she serves on the board and also as a past president. In addition to annual exhibitions there, she exhibits at the Gallery of Graphic Arts in New York City. She works in oil, pastel, collage and watercolor and also creates artist books illustrating poetry. She is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America and a founder of Art Connects New York and the GOGA group of painters in NY. Her work is in numerous private and institutional collections.
Her book, A Martha’s Vineyard & Chappy Sketchbook, has been described as a love letter to the island—a notebook of pen and ink watercolors, augmented by quotes from Vineyarders about what they treasure most in island life.