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Gina Whalen lives in Newburgh, New York. I was born and lived in Central New York until the age of 25 years old. When I was 18, my career was strongly influenced by my parents. In 1985 I attended Syracuse University where I studied Therapeutic Recreation with a concentration in Psychology. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree and went on to a very rewarding career working with children who have developmental disabilities. Although, I enjoyed my earlier career very much, I still continued to study the arts in my free time. I studied Studio Art 1 &2, Metal Art, Jewelry Making, Drawing, and Painting at the Munson Williams Pratt Institute in Utica, NY.
In 1992, I gave up my career to stay at home and raise my family. I returned to my passion for the arts in 2014 when I began painting again. Having always been inspired by Jackson Pollock and Paul Clee, I began creating abstract compositions. I worked with various mediums such as, acrylic, oil, fluid acrylic, and my personal favorite the pouring technique. Having minimal professional art training, I was afforded the freedom to create from the heart.
I now consider myself a “late-bloomer”. I have decided to go back to school to study Visual Communication and Graphic Design. I feel that visual media has given me powerful tools to create more dynamic art. I have embraced the change and am very excited to explore this new avenue while creating still from the heart.