Runnels County native Gayle Vancil has been selected as Artist of the Month by the Mid-West Texas Artist Guild. An exhibit of her paintings is on display at the Cook Gallery at 804 Hutchings Ave. during regular business hours.

Runnels County native Gayle Vancil has been selected as Artist of the Month by the Mid-West Texas Artist Guild. An exhibit of her paintings is on display at the Cook Gallery at 804 Hutchings Ave. during regular business hours.

Vancil is a signature member of MWTAG and her paintings as well as other members’ work is on display.

Vancil said art has been a major part of her life from childhood to the present, but she did not begin painting until her mother and sister, both artists, persuaded her to begin painting with them.

“After that beginning, I went to several workshops that further accented my imagination, and I continue to learn from our own Jean Hensley and the rest of the West Texas Artist's Guild,” she said.

Her style is realism and she has painted in all types of settings, from plein air to studio setups or from what she can see in her mind.

“I like to use acrylics, watercolors, gouache, oils, crayons, pencils or anything to create an image,” she said. “I have also done china painting and photography.”

She also enjoys sewing and making quilts.

“My life seems to be art,” Vancil said. “I have written books and magazine articles; taught college prep English for a quarter century; and planted gardens to bring beauty to my life in other types of art. My mind stays active and even in retirement through painting and quilting and many other activities. My church, Hopewell Baptist Church, brings me joy and keeps my thoughts and ideas fresh through Christian friendships and places to bring God's art into my life.”