Gayle’s painting career covers more than thirty years. Gayle first encountered Rosemaling in 1977 when the family moved to Petersburg, Alaska. It was a Norwegian fishing settlement and there was Rosemaling painted on the store fronts. She had already been decorative painting, but was so taken by the rosemaling she started researching and teaching. Gayle passed the MDA certification through the Society of Decorative Painters in 1980 and has been a judge for many years since that time. It’s a wonderful program to help people study, learn and achieve something very special. In 2000 Gayle received the Gold Medal in Rosemaling from Vesterheim after many years of working toward that goal. Over the years Gayle has conducted seminars, local classes and written eight books.