Gael painting on location at Wonder Lake in Denali National Park

Gael Murakami maintains a studio in Fairbanks, Alaska. She was born in Seattle, Washington, and received her degree at the University of Washington. She divides her time between painting landscapes on location, experimenting with various water media in her studio, and conducting workshops.

The landscape of Alaska inspires her work and watercolor and acrylics allows her to paint on location and also achieve effects of atmosphere and space. Painting while on hiking and climbing trips resulted in her developing a distinctive and recognizable style. She has been able to build a reputation and a demand for her work by exhibiting at local galleries and entering local and national competitions.

She has achieved numerous accomplishments, including signature membership in the Alaska Watercolor Society, and Juried Associate membership in Watercolor West.  She is a founding member of the Fairbanks Watercolor Society.  She has had many successful solo gallery shows including exhibits at the Fairbanks Arts Association’s Bear Gallery, the Husted Gallery in Seattle, the House of Wood in Fairbanks, the Alaska House Gallery and Site 250 Gallery in Fairbanks, and the Homer Council of the Arts. One of her paintings was selected for inclusion in the Northwest Watercolor Society’s 60 Year Retrospective Exhibition at the Frye Museum in Seattle.