This bio was emailed me by her granddaughter, Kimmy Gallant. I was delighted to receive it.
"Gloria (Gigi) Gallant, nee Simpson, was born in Miami, Florida, in 1927. She was an only child with an extremely creative imagination, which she devoted to drawing and painting at a very early age. She attended college at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.
She returned to Florida and became a full-time professional artist, who specialized in portraits and landscapes. Initially, her primary medium was oil on canvas, but her paint preference became acrylic, as it was easier to clean up and could be manipulated with water/dilutants to achieve a water-color result, if she desired that effect. She was also quite fast and didn’t always like to wait for the oil-based paints to dry. In addition to painting, she mastered many forms of artistic expression from sculpture to woodworking to jewelry making.
The name, Gigi, evolved from her initials G.G. (Gloria Gallant). She married and had five children, who were frequent subjects of her paintings. For instance, “Boy with Kite,” is inspired by her son, Mark. Mark has an extremely expressive face. In the painting, the boy also has his hand in his pocket, which might have indicated that he had a nickel or a handful of worms there (he always had a secret!).
Later in life, Gigi moved west, finally settling in Payson, Arizona. Much of her artwork was devoted to western landscapes and Native-American themes. Gloria passed away in Arizona in 2009."
I have a beautiful original oil or acrylic by Gigi which has been on our living room wall since the 70's. I hope to find more examples of her work over time.
Best wishes, Joe.
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